The major reason why the World Health Organization listed anti-vaxxers as one of the biggest health threats to face in 2019 was the fact that some of the completely-removed diseases were starting to reappear. Now, in light of the ongoing Measles outbreak, Washington state is planning to ban the legality of ‘philosophical’ reasons to exempt from vaccinations. Washington is one of the few states that allow the same.
“A written certification signed by any parent or legal guardian of the child or any adult in loco parentis to the child that the signator has either a philosophical or personal objection to the immunization of the child. A philosophical or personal objection may not be used to exempt a child from the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine,” reads the new document. It’s in light of the Measles outbreak that has been troubling the health department.
Although the bill has been passed at Health Care and Wellness Committee, it would have to surpass a few other committees to reach the full power. In the Health Care and Wellness Committee, the bill had received majority of support, considering that the state has now issued a medical emergency due to the worsening state of Measles outbreak.
When the bill has been passed, it won’t be possible for parents in Washington to deny Measles vaccination to their children, citing philosophical reasons or personal preferences. Of course, the move is expected to invite criticism from a lot of anti-vaxxers, who believe that it’s their right to prevent their kids from getting proper vaccination.
On the other side, however, there are a lot of children who are suffering from Measles just because parents of their were not ready to get vaccination at the proper times. That is one of the prospects WHO has put.