Senate passes bill to boost childhood immunization




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Senators approved a measure they hope will
improve Idaho's childhood immunization rates that rank among the
nation's lowest by changing a reminder system for parents.

The measure passed 31-3 and now heads to the House.

If this becomes law, parents would have to ``opt out'' of
getting an reminder from their doctor that a shot is due, rather
than the current requirement to ``opt in.''

According to the National Immunization Survey, Idaho's
immunization rate for children ages 19 to 35 months is 66 percent;
the national average is 77 percent.

Sen. John McGee, a Republican from Caldwell, says ``Those
immunization rates are embarrassing.''

Foes of the bill raised concerns about privacy, pressure and
meddling of big business in a personal issue for many the state's

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