Vaccine measure advances in Colorado

DENVER - A measure to clamp down on vaccine exemptions passed overwhelmingly in the state House Monday.

The bill makes it harder for parents to claim personal objections to vaccines before enrolling their kids in schools or daycare.

The measure would require parents seeking the exemption to undergo vaccine education, either a video or consulting with a physician.

Religious and medical vaccine exemptions would not be affected. Sponsors of the bill say it's too easy to opt out of mandatory vaccines, leading to Colorado having a low vaccination rate relative to other states. Outbreaks of whooping cough and measles have been attributed in part to low vaccination rates.

"Colorado has one of the highest rates of personal belief exemption for immunizations in the United States, which translates to nearly 3,000 kindergartners entering school unvaccinated against one or more vaccine-preventable diseases each year," the bill says.

The House approved the bill 42-19. It now awaits consideration in the state Senate.

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