House Panel To Hear Vaccine Debate

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A committee of the Vermont House will hold a public hearing this week on a proposal to end the philosophical exemption under which parents have been able to avoid having their children get immunizations normally required to attend school.

The House Health Care Committee has set the session for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse.

A bill passed by the Senate would do away with the philosophical exemption for immunizations, but leave religious and medical exemptions intact.

The change has been opposed by a vocal group of parents who say they should have the right to make health care decisions for their kids.

Backers of the change say immunizations are an important public health measure, and that Vermont’s immunization rates are too low.

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