Some Washington lawmakers pushing for vaccine mandate for childhood illnesses

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OLYMPIA — With more than a 100 confirmed measles cases across 14 states, including Washington, some Washington lawmakers want to make vaccines a requirement.

“These are infectious childhood diseases that we should not be seeing again,” state Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, said Friday.

Robinson added that the recent measles spike is mainly caused by parents who are not vaccinating their kids.

“The vast majority of parents choosing exemptions are in that personal philosophical category,” Robinson said.

Robinson introduced a bill this week hoping to get rid of that 'personal beliefs' exemption.

Parents will still be allowed to opt out of vaccines using religious or medical reasons.

“Vaccination rates in some of our communities are pretty low,” Robinson said.

In 2008, Washington led the country in vaccine exemptions for kindergarteners. The exemption rates are lower now but some communities still have high rates, including north Seattle, Arlington, Vashon Island and Bellevue.

The state Health Department wants at least a 95% vaccination rate.

“Parents should have their kids vaccinated for the public health and community; it just makes common sense and the science is all in,” Naki Stevens said.

But others say parents should have the right to choose, not the government.

“I like having the choice. They are my kids, right? Just having a choice is a good thing,” parent Robert Wiggins said.

Many parents are exercising that right, like Michael Belkin.

“Vaccines are failing because it’s buggy whipped technology,” Belkin said.

Belkin’s kids go to private school and they have not received any vaccines.

“I wouldn’t want them to spread it to anyone else certainly; we would certainly keep them away so they couldn’t spread it,” Belkin said.

No matter where you stand, the debate is front and center.

“It’s going to be a huge and tough debate on what’s right for everyone,” Lynda Zeman said.

Robinson said it’s the government’s responsibility to protect the community, especially the ones who are most vulnerable to diseases.

“It’s more than just about the individual’s choice,” Robinson said.

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8 comments

  • Don

    Science is never “All in” which should be obvious if you’re paying attention at all, here’s a question: What should your cholestorol number be and is red meat good for you? Does fat make you fat? How about the most logical cause for this latest little outbreak is thousands of criminal aliens dragging their unvaccinated and contagious kids into the US and spreading it to every major city? This ain’t seat belts, it’s an invasive and potentially lethal injection for every vaccine. By the way, my daughter IS vaccinated but that’s our choice, not the damn nanny state.

    • maddie

      You are so right. People are not owned by the government! We have a right to choose what is best for our families. Being owned stopped after slavery was abolished…so what? We are going back to where people mean nothing and are owned and have no rights. I think not.

      • alice smith

        All manner of evil is usually justified by good intentions. Bottom line, any legislator that supports this bill is guilty of violating their oath of office to uphold the Constitution.
        Google the article, “How vaccine hysteria could spark totalitarian nightmare”
        Here’s a quote from the article:
        “If you think the government has the right to forcibly vaccinate people – for the good of society – what is to prevent them from forcibly sterilizing people, or forcibly euthanizing people, or forcibly implanting a tracking device – for the good of society? You make think those examples are extreme (although two-thirds have happened), but the principle is the same. You are allowing government to have ultimate authority over your body.”

  • marie

    The government does not own me and they need to be reminded of that. We have rights and especially rights to our and our children’s health and safety. 106 cases is not an epidemic for one. Let’s get that straight right now. There is over 313 million people in th US and they are calling 106 cases nationwide an epidemic and claiming we need to take away a parent’s right to choose what is best for them? This is so sick and wrong on so many levels. People are not owned and are fundamentally entitled to rights and one of those is to choose what is best for their family. Where is all the women screaming rights? I have a right to do what I want including aborting my baby, yet these same are screaming you don’t have a right in choosing what is best for your child. Hypocrites! Vaccines are not a one size fits all and are not without risk including death. You take away a person’s right and you enslave them. Is this where we want to be? Ask yourself, do you want to be completely owned by the government? If so eventually you too will find something you don’t agree with that is forced upon you, by then it will be too late. Then what?

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  • docmilo5

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM123796.pdf
    Straight from the horses mouth. Section 5.8 of insert: Vaxxxine can be shed and be spread by a vaxxxinated person for 7 to 28 days and for 6 weeks vaxxxinated should not come in contact with immunosuppressed persons. 6 weeks folks! Who is giving everyone measles? The vaxxxinated!
    How about some real research. How about our polititians knowing what they are talking about before the open their traps.

  • Wash a ton

    The lawmakers would be perfectly happy with raping us of all are freedom, Socilizm = Naziizm (BTW those were spelled wrong on purpose).

  • Kathleen

    There is a bigger epidemic than measles spreading through Washington state, it’s democrats like June Robinson trying to force parental compliance through garbage legislation. Issues like whether parents choose to vaccinate should be left to parents and not big government. Snohomish county try thinking before you vote idiots like this into office!