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The home for VPR's coverage of health and health industry issues affecting the state of Vermont.

'Unless Exempt For Philosophic Reasons'

In addition to “widespread” flu outbreaks across the country this winter, the flu vaccine is only about 30 percent effective this year, according to Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine.
Toby Talbot
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AP

Childhood vaccines: for the vast majority of parents it's a necessary part of protecting the health of their children. But for some parents, concerns over the number of vaccines, the schedule of taking them, and possible side-effects lead them to a different conclusion.

Vermont law requires that children must be vaccinated to enroll in childcare facilities or schools, but there are three exceptions: medical, religious and philosophic grounds.  Now the debate has been re-ignited over whether to tighten immunization requirements by removing the philosophic exemption.

Monday on Vermont Edition, we look at how Vermont handles the question of childhood vaccines with Sen. Kevin Mullin, who wants to eliminate the philosophic exemption; Dorian Yates of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice, who says parents should decide which medical procedures their kids undergo; and Dr. Rebecca Bell of University of Vermont Children's Hospital, who will answer questions about the medical science of vaccines, including side effects and risks of vaccine injury.

Broadcast live on Mon., Feb 23, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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