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Parents have mixed emotions regarding Colorado vaccine bill

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Parents have strong opinions about a Colorado House proposal that would make it difficult for kids to go to school without being vaccinated.

Helen, who didn't want to share her last name, feels the government shouldn't tell her how to raise her child.

"I don't want to be forced to do something to my child that I believe will harm him," she said.

Helen said she uses natural remedies to keep her son healthy.

"My primary is the best diet that I can provide like whey food whenever possible. We have a chriopractor who works very interesting and very effective techniques," she said.

If the bill passes, parents who don't want their children to be vaccinated, for personal reasons, will have to be informed about the benefits and risks of vaccination.

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says Colorado has the sixth highest rate of non-vaccinated kindergartners in public school, which is about 3,000 students.

The proposal would require schools and child care facilities to disclose how many kids are not vaccinated.  

It passed through a House committee 9-2 on Thursday.

Supporters said the law is needed because of the whooping cough outbreak.

Colorado is one of 18 states to allow parents to refuse vaccinations if it affects their personal or religious beliefs.

Julie Pull and Kent Pull have seven kids. They think if the bill doesn't pass, it will hurt Colorado.

"It's also not fair to the other kids in school if you don't have the vaccines, because it will spread germs that will get other people sick," Kent Pull said.

Parents who refuse to give their kids vaccines because of religious or medical reasons are not affected by the bill.

The House will debate the bill this week.



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