(Associated Press) Oregon leads the nation in the percentage of kids entering kindergarten with non-medical waivers for one or more vaccinations. State health officials hope a law taking effect March 1 changes that by requiring parents to get the facts before opting out.
Following the lead of Washington and California, Oregon is requiring parents to consult their family doctor or other health professional to qualify for a waiver of any of the vaccines against a dozen diseases required before their kids can enter school come September.
Oregon also offers an online alternative of watching a one-hour video that lays out the scientific evidence on the risks and benefits of immunization.
Advertisement - story continues below