Bill addressing youth vaccines advances

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers advanced a proposal to make it harder to send kids to school without their vaccines.

The state House gave initial approval on a voice vote Friday to require parents of students to watch a video on the benefits and risks of immunization if they seek an exemption for vaccines for personal reasons.

Colorado is one of 18 states that allow parents and students to opt out of getting required vaccines if they submit a statement of exemption based on religious or personal beliefs.

Under the bill, religious and medical exemptions would not be affected.

Supporters of the bill insist all they're trying to do is educate parents while preserving choice. But opponents argue the bill chips away at parental control.

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House Bill 1288: http://goo.gl/5EiE5f

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