A father of two and a grandfather of five, I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of Oregon’s children. Which is why I have been troubled by the legislature’s response to a small cluster of measles in our state.
We have had 10 cases of measles this year, in a population of over 4 million. While we can agree that’s 10 cases too many, the legislative response teaches us much more about herd mentality than about the measles.
At issue is whether it is necessary or prudent to force vaccinations on school-age children for “restrictable diseases,” which is what Oregon’s HB 3063 seeks to do. This is a newly minted phrase, “restrictable diseases” and it means much more than yesteryear’s “communicable diseases” language. Read more at the The Herald and News