Colorado fights back against anti-vaxxers amid possible whooping cough epidemic

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Scott Kaufman
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In the wake of recent outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough, Colorado officials are mulling plans that would make it more difficult for parents to acquire vaccination exemptions for their children.

At the moment, all a parent needs to do to exempt their children from otherwise mandatory inoculations is fill out a form documenting a religious or personal/philosophical objection to vaccination.

Colorado is currently one of only 18 states that allows for exemptions based on personal or philosophical grounds, and at the moment, claiming that exemption is as simple as signing a single form affirming that the “[p]arent or guardian of the above named person or the person himself/herself is an adherent to a personal belief opposed to immunizations.”

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