Arizona Gov. Ducey Vows to Veto Anti-Vaccination Legislation

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Arizona Gov. Ducey pro-vaccination

Governor Doug Ducey declare that Arizona is a pro-vaccination state and vowed to reject any anti-vaccine legislation that will be sent to his desk.

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Last week, the Arizona House Health Services Committee passed three bills that will undermine vaccine coverage in the state. The proposed measures will allow parents to exempt their children from getting life-saving vaccinations.

HB 2470 will add a religious exemption to Arizona’s existing law that requires vaccination for school children.

HB 2471 requires medical professionals to inform a patient or parents (if a patient is minor) about the benefits and risks of a vaccine. It also requires medical professionals to provide patients/parents with the vaccine manufacturer’s product insert and the vaccine excipient and media summary from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC).

HB 2472 requires medical professionals to give a patient or his/her parents option to consent to an antibody titer test to determine whether the individual has developed antibodies to diseases preventable by vaccines.