Extended interview with Dr. Harry Chen on philosophical exemption and lyme disease risk in Vermont.
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen spent the week speaking forcefully in favor of eliminating the philosophical exemption that some parents use to avoid getting their kids fully vaccinated. As has been the case around the country, the issue was the subject of fierce debate in Montpelier this week. Commissioner Chen spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
The chairman of the Health Care Committee in the Vermont House says a majority of the panel supports eliminating the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to have their children vaccinated.
The Grocery Manufacturers' Association and other industry groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's refusal to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of genetically modified food from taking effect on July 1, 2016.
The Vermont House Health Care Committee is taking three days of testimony this week on a bill that would eliminate the state’s philosophical exemption allowing parents to opt out of a child’s vaccinations.