This week, the Colorado Children’s Campaign submitted comments to the Colorado Board of Health in support of proposed rules that would increase the frequency for submitting nonmedical immunization exemption forms.
Parents and advocates interested in increasing the rate of childhood vaccination in Colorado are also encouraged to submit their comments to the Board of Health, which will hold a public rulemaking hearing on proposed changes to Colorado’s immunization rules on April 15, 2015. The hearing will take place at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 10 a.m.
Those interested may participate in the hearing by submitting written testimony or comments in advance, or by providing oral testimony at the hearing. Written testimony is due by 5 p.m. April 9 and can be emailed to: email@example.com.
The proposed amendments to the rules include changes regarding the frequency of submitting immunization exemption forms. The department is proposing that parents and guardians who exempt children from immunizations submit waiver forms as frequently as parents who vaccinate kids must turn in those records. Current rules require parents to submit immunization exemptions for personal belief, religious or medical reasons only once unless a child changes schools or child care.
School communities with higher vaccine exemption rates are more likely to experience an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease. Outbreaks put all children—including vaccinated children—at a higher risk of contracting the disease. Transparency around school and licensed child care immunization rates is especially critical for the parents of a child who is immunocompromised, too young to be vaccinated, or medically fragile. View the notice of rulemaking hearing here for more information.