Parents will need to submit a personal belief exemption every time they refuse a standard childhood vaccination, and at the beginning of every school year.
For the first time, Colorado parents can find out what percentage of children have opted out of vaccines. But many schools don't have data on every student.
Not enough of our children are protected against Measles said the deputy director of the state health department’s Division of Disease Control.
"Public health officials have emphasized that vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent measles," the Colorado congresswoman wrote in a letter.
By the time HB 1288 received its final vote last week, one key component was gone. But what remains in the bill is still enough to cause controversy.
When "balanced information" means wildly different things to parents and medical professionals, conversations can quickly go awry.
Bill would require parents to learn about the benefits of immunization before they could opt their kids out of required shots.
Colorado parents who want to opt their children out of required vaccinations may soon have to talk with a medical professional or take an online class first.
It takes no more than a parent or guardian’s signature to exempt a child in Colorado from state-mandated vaccinations. Now, some in the health community question whether that should be tougher.