Mar 21, 2014 7:49 PM by Leah Kraus

Childhood vaccine bill advances in Colorado

State lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would make it harder for parents to send their children to school without vcaccines. The proposal requires parents to face additional education over the issue.

After the debate today, the state House gave an initial approval to the bill.

Right now Colorado is one of only 18 states that allows parents and students to opt out of vaccines.

Health professionals say vaccines are crucial to preventing a number of illnesses that can cause
death or disability.

"If you look at societies that don't have vaccines they have a much higher childhood mortality rate," says Dr. Robert Vogt with The Family Practice in Colorado Springs.

He says he sees many parents who are worried about vaccines causing autism, but Vogt says that link has been disproven time and time again.



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