Minnesota bill sparks debate about childhood vaccines

A Minnesota senator introduced bill SF610, which would allow daycare providers to deny enrollment to children who are not up to date on state-required vaccinations. Organizations voicing support for the bill include the Minnesota Child Care Association, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, and Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. Some articles and social media posts oppose the bill, citing concerns about vaccine safety.

Risk level: Medium

Recommendation: While conversations about this bill are unlikely to arise in a clinical setting, doctors in Minnesota may face questions about vaccine safety for children, as social media posts in response to the bill may promote vaccine hesitancy. Talking points may emphasize that recommended vaccines are safe for children and protect them from serious, preventable illnesses. State vaccine requirements are intended to protect the health of individuals and communities. Learn more about recommended vaccines for children from the CDC