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House approves bill making schools publish vaccine rates

SALEM — House lawmakers have approved a measure ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes.

Oregon has one of the highest rates of kindergarten students using a personal belief waiver to opt out of one or more vaccinations. Lawmakers have been trying to reduce those rates, saying a high number of immunized students protects those who can't get the shots themselves.

But parents have pushed back against immunization requirements, saying it takes away their choices.

Supporters of the measure say it'll help parents with children vulnerable to contagious diseases decide whether a school is safe for their kids.

The bill heads to Gov. Kate Brown.