A committee of the Vermont House will hold a
public hearing this week on a proposal to end the philosophical exemption under
which parents have been able to avoid having their children get immunizations
normally required to attend school.
Supporters of a bill that aims to raise childhood vaccine rates are concerned that Vermont's rate of
unvaccinated kids is growing, causing a public health concern. But
opponents of the bill say parents, not the state, should decide whether
to vaccinate a child.