The vaccinations are being administered at levels that officials say is needed to protect children against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B and polio.
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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.