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VACCINATION OPTIONAL BILL ADVANCES IN IOWA SENATE

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A SUBCOMMITTEE IN THE IOWA SENATE HAS ADVANCED A BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT IOWA BUSINESSES AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES FROM REQUIRING THAT EMPLOYEES GET VACCINATIONS.

A 97-MINUTE-LONG HEARING ON THE BILL WAS DOMINATED BY CRITICS OF VACCINATIONS IN GENERAL.

SHANDA BURKE, A LOBBYIST FOR A GROUP CALLED INFORMED CHOICE IOWA, SAYS SHE QUIT HER JOB AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT BECAUSE HER EMPLOYER REQUIRED FLU SHOTS.

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THE BILL ALSO LETS PARENTS CLAIM A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO HAVING THEIR CHILD MEET VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.

MEDICAL GROUPS OPPOSE THE BILL. LENA TUCKER REINDERS , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IOWA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS ARE FUELING VACCINE HESITANCY.

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SENATOR JIM CARLIN OF SIOUX CITY CHAIRED THE HEARING AND SAYS THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE.

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DR. AMY SHRIVER, A DES MOINES PEDIATRICIAN, SAYS BILLS THAT GRANT EXCEPTIONS TO VACCINATIONS HAVE A DRAMATIC EFFECT.

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HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD BE PROHBITED FROM DENYING COVERAGE BASED ON A LACK OF IMMUNIZATIONS IF THE BILL AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN BECOMES LAW.