A legislative panel of Arizona on Thursday voted to approve a series of bills expanding exemptions for mandatory vaccinations. The Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee approved three bills in a 5-4 vote on party lines, despite warnings from public health officials, reported by the Arizona Republic.
Arizona's parents are currently allowed to seek non-medical "personal beliefs" vaccination exemptions for children in kindergarten until the 12th grade.
The bill includes exemptions for "religious beliefs" and expand non-medical vaccine exemptions to include preschoolers, the reported paper. It also eliminates the need for parents to sign a form to the state health department to get a vacancy exemption for their child.
Dr. Elizabeth McKenna, a pediatrician affiliated with the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the committee that no major religion is in conflict with vaccination.
The Arizona Rep. Nancy Barto (R), the chairperson of the committee that sponsors the three accounts, said Parents filled a form of government on a policy they did not say "coercion."
"It allows them to sign or make their own statements," Barto said. "We are talking about a policy decision today for parents and we should indicate the best expectations for parents, not the worst."
The committee's vote comes amid measles outbreak in the states of the Pacific Northwest and New York.
in Clark County, Washington, which led the state to announce the public health emergency . The county is called a "hot spot" anti-immunization and seen 64 confirmed cases On Friday, most of them were not immunized against infection.
Center for Disease Control, now in 2019, has seen measles measles cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon and Texas.
Washington is one of the 17 states that allows "philosophical-belief" vaccines exemptions due to personal, moral or other beliefs, according to at the National Conference of State Legislatures Most states – 47 – allow parents to opt out of vaccines for religious reasons.
Approximately 7 percent of Clark County students do not join the compulsory kindergarten entrance vaccination by claiming personal or religious reasons in 2017-
Two other Barto's legislative measures have been made Additional work for physicians, reported by AZ Central.
One needs doctors to offer parents a "test antibody titer" in the blood to see if the child is immune to a disease or needs a vaccine. Critics say that trials are unreliable and difficult to interpret.
The third measure, a permission authorization statement, requires physicians to provide an additional 30 pages to parents with information on immune components and risks. ] "Providing this book without proper context and insufficient explanation can confuse and threaten parents and result in lowering rates of vaccination," McKenna warns.
Barto insisted that the three bills he promoted were about the rights of the parent. The measures do not imply positive or negative about vaccination, the Republican lawmaker said.
"Here we are to identify vaccines with a place, but the individual's right of every parent to decide on the child's vaccine area," Barto said.