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Vaccine Skeptics Take Their Fight To Oregon's Ballot Boxes


A series of seven vaccine initiatives have been filed with the Oregon elections division.

A series of seven vaccine initiatives have been filed with the Oregon elections division.

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A series of seven vaccine initiatives have been filed with the Oregon elections division. But sponsors won’t talk to OPB about them.

One initiative would repeal current childhood immunization laws and set up a state “Vaccine Consumer Protection Office.”

Another would require the state conduct a comprehensive study of vaccinated children versus unvaccinated children to see if there’s a link with autism. For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there is no link.

Another initiative would allow parents to exempt children from vaccination for religious or philosophical reasons, and require anyone administering a vaccine to secure parental consent.

Parental consent is already required in Oregon, but petitioners wants additional information provided to guardians from the “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.”

Another initiative would stop schools or any organization from turning anyone away because they haven’t been vaccinated. And if a person is turned away, he or she could seek financial damages.

OPB calls to chief petitioners behind the initiatives over the past week have not been returned.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says vaccines are the most effective tool available to prevent infectious diseases.

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