In a contentious debate on May 6, the House of Representatives passed a bill to increase immunization rates in Oregon.

House Bill 3063B was brought forward largely in response to the recent measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington and the subsequent Oregon cases.

HB 3063B would require children attending schools or children’s facilities to either complete the required immunizations or for the child’s parent/guardian to work with a health care provider and submit a medical exemption. A child who is not immunized and has not provided documentation of a medical diagnosis exemption would be able to continue to attend school until August 1, 2020. The bill streamlines the process by which a medical exemption can be filed and creates a reporting requirement for the Oregon Health Authority and for boards to review