Court: State can vaccinate children in its care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court says children in state custody can be vaccinated over their parents' religious objections.

In a decision Thursday, the court found that the Department of Human Services can order surgeries for wards in its custody and said vaccinations are far less invasive.

The eight children at the center of the case are in foster care. The state sought to immunize them for their own protection and the health of other school children.

The children ranged in age from 1 to 10 when they were taken into state custody in 2012.

In general, Oregon students whose parents object can be exempted from school vaccination requirements. The state led the nation in such exemptions last school year.

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