I know how hard it is for legislators to get excited about doing something that will get a fierce negative reaction from a vocal minority and little positive attention from the silent majority.
However, I’m urging all of you in the Vermont House to take action now and remove the philosophical exemption from Vermont’s vaccination laws. We enjoy living in communities that have the luxury of being without the fear of measles and other vaccine-preventable illnesses. Let’s not allow well-intentioned people who choose to ignore science to put any of our children at further risk.
Vaccines work, but only if our population has very high rates of compliance with doctors’ recommendations. The science is clear, the debate is nearing its end and it is time to get rid of the philosophical exemption. Let’s not wait until there is a measles outbreak in Vermont to take action. Getting rid of the philosophical exemption is the right thing to do for the health and safety of Vermont.