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This weekend a seminar is being held in Stowe that critics say will spread misinformation about the risks of vaccines. It's topic in which science and emotion collide for parents and communities.

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A conference in Stowe featuring anti-vaccination advocates is attracting negative backlash from the community, and raising concern that local parents could skip vaccinating their kids.

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New state data out last month show the vaccination rate for kindergartners is on the rise in Vermont. But so is the number of parents claiming religious exemptions to getting their kids vaccinated. That's as the state is phasing out another exemption that let parents skip vaccinating their kids for philosophical reasons.

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After a prolonged debate over legislation that would make it harder for parents to exempt their children from the state's mandatory immunization law, the Vermont House voted 85 to 57 Tuesday evening to remove the philosophical exemption to the law.

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During these final days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will decide whether to abolish the philosophical exemption that hundreds of parents use every year to avoid state vaccine mandates. On Monday night, the House Committee on Health Care held a public hearing on the matter. And turnout showed just how intensely Vermonters care about the issue.

The House Health Care Committee announced plans for a public hearing on a bill that would remove the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandate that all school-children be vaccinated.

All eight of Vermont's mayors signed a joint letter to lawmakers last week urging them to remove non-medical exemptions to the state's mandatory vaccination policy for public schoolchildren.

The mayors say they have an interest in the removal of such exemptions because cities are more densely populated and could be more seriously affected by a disease outbreak.

A new and influential player is joining the debate over Vermont’s child immunization law. And the Vermont-NEA will urge lawmakers to scrap a philosophical exemption blamed for falling vaccination rates in public schools.

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As a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland stirs up a national conversation about childhood vaccination, lawmakers are taking up the issue in Montpelier.

The debate centers on whether parents should be allowed to send their kids to public schools if they choose not to have them vaccinated through the state's "philosophical exemption."

In addition to “widespread” flu outbreaks across the country this winter, the flu vaccine is only about 30 percent effective this year, according to Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine.
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Eighty-six percent of students entering Kindergarten in Vermont have been fully immunized. But what about the other 14 percent?