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Vaccine wars in Salem

The number of cases in the Washington measles outbreak hit 70 over the weekend. Most of those infected are children, and the vast majority were unvaccinated. Lawmakers are responding.

A bill introduced Friday would remove non-medical exemptions for children in public schools. Another, backed by vaccine critics, would require that parents be given lists of vaccine “ingredients.”

We put “ingredients” in quotes because the lists include excipients — substances that serve as a medium for a vaccine but may not actually be present in the finished product. SB 649 would require doctors to provide the Centers for Disease Control’s excipient list for each vaccine.

Human cells — derived from fetal cell lines dating back to 1962 and used as a culture medium for growing the virus — are on some of those lists. So are monkey kidney cells, in the case of the polio vaccine.

Are those cells actually in the vaccines? No. But they are on the excipient lists. Supporters who claim they simply want parents to know what’s in vaccines are being deliberately deceptive.

The bill also requires disclosure of any ingredient on the Oregon Health Authority’s list of 66 high priority chemicals that can be hazardous to children.

Formaldehyde — on the list — may be present in some vaccines. The human body actually creates formaldehyde in amounts far greater than what is in any vaccine. So why tell parents that their children are being injected with formaldehyde? Perhaps to encourage them to refuse to vaccinate.

Those who do, without a medical exemption, might have to home-school their children.