Published October 19, 2015 by Barbara Hoberock (Tulsa World)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The debate over state-mandated childhood vaccinations is expected to warm up when lawmakers return to the Capitol in February.
Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, has filed Senate Bill 830 that would remove the personal or religious exemption from the law requiring those attending public or private school to receive vaccinations against diseases such as whooping cough, measles and chickenpox.
The medical exemption would remain.
The measure was assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman.
Standridge, who did not return phone calls seeking comment, earlier said he would not hear the measure.
“After much thought and prayer, I would like to address the ongoing conversation about government-mandated vaccinations,” he wrote earlier this year. “Although I have had my children vaccinated, and believe some vaccinations are true life-savers, I believe vaccinations work best when parents and communities are educated by health professionals, not the government.”
Standridge, a pharmacist, said he didn’t believe that the government had an overwhelming reason to mandate childhood vaccinations.Follow @FortySixNews