State lawmakers discuss vaccination bill

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COLUMBIA - As the vaccination debate heats up across the country, Missouri lawmakers discussed a bill Tuesday that would help parents decide where to send their kids for school.

The bill would require all public, private and parochial day care centers, along with preschools and nursery schools, to tell parents whether any students are not immunized, if the parents ask. Currently, parents in Missouri are not required to vaccinate their children if they fill out an exemption form from the state department of health and senior services.

Brooke Hoffman teaches toddlers at End of the Rainbow Pre-School and is a mother of two herself. She said she thinks parents deserve to know whether students at their child's school are immunization-exempt.

"You do have the right to know whether the children here are not vaccinated. You're protecting your child from catching those diseases. I think it's highly, highly important to have that information," Hoffman said. 

A spike in measles cases is renewing discussion on whether vaccines should be required for all children without suppressed immune systems.

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