Vaccine opponents in the South celebrate vaccine exemption bills

Two vaccine exemption bills in Southern states are sparking conversation online. In West Virginia, HB 5105—which was passed by the House and Senate—would eliminate vaccine requirements in public virtual schools. In Oklahoma, HB 3249—which was passed by the House—would expand vaccine exemptions for daycare students. Vaccine opponents are celebrating these bills.

Recommendation: Online conversations about these bills may discourage patients from getting recommended vaccines for their children. Talking points may emphasize that recommended vaccines are safe for children and protect them from serious, preventable illnesses. School and daycare vaccine requirements are intended to protect the health of individual children and those around them. Research shows that non-medical vaccine exemptions are linked to lower vaccine coverage and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Learn more about recommended vaccines for children from the CDC