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Sinclair Cares: Vaccination Exemptions

(SBG) Sinclair Cares: Vaccination Exemptions
(SBG) Sinclair Cares: Vaccination Exemptions

Across the country states are re-considering vaccination policies. They want to protect people from preventable diseases by requiring students to get certain vaccinations before a student can attend public schools.

One part of the policy in the bulls-eye: Exemptions, meaning if for medical, religious or philosophical reasons, parents could opt their children out of getting the required vaccines.

Since January, 30 states have reported cases of the measles. So far, more than 1,100 people have reported getting the measles, according to the CDC.

Three states --- Washington, Maine, and New York --- passed new legislation this year to stop all relgious and philosophical exemptions. Three other states --- Mississippi, West Virginia and California --- have already removed those exemptions for the required innoculations.

There are two very different sides to the exemption conversation and it's not simply anti-vaxxer vs. pro-vaxxer.

Meet Jessica Fichtel and Carissa Bonham.

Both believe vaccinations are needed.

Bonham believes in exemptions.

"No state legislature can make better medical decisions for my kids than I can in conjunction with my doctor," said Bonham.

And Fichtel doesn't.

"I sat and listened to parents whose kids were vaccine injured when I went and testified to the senate in Oregon. My heart broke. I was sad but those are rare cases," Fichtel said.

Fichtel's son is six years old. He has cancer and because of that doctors consider him immuno-compromised, meaning he cannot be vaccinated.

Bonham, on the other hand...

"I'm not an anti-vaxxer. Both my kids have had some vaccines," Bonham said.

Because of a genetic condition, they don’t have all of their vaccines.

"My kids, they run a higher risk of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine because of their conditions and because of our family medical history," said Bonham.

New conundrums in the vaccination landscape.