State representatives are considering bills that would require the state Department of Health to hold public hearings before implementing new immunization requirements. That proposal follows protests last year over the new requirement that 7th graders get the HPV, or human papillomavirus, vaccine.
State health officials typically convene a panel of experts and follow guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before making vaccination decisions. Interested citizens can sign up to be notified about proposed new requirements.
Lawmakers have also proposed a bill that would allow parents and guardians to opt out of vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases, like HPV. But the health department already allows them to request an exemption for religious or other personal reasons.