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Arkansas Legislator Proposes Bill to Make Vaccines Mandatory

Good news for kids in Arkansas: State Rep. Karilyn Brown has plans to introduce a bill that would make childhood vaccines mandatory. Brown wrote the bill in response to the active mumps outbreak that began in northwest Arkansas. Officials are now reporting over 2,089 current cases.

The proposed legislation adds five viruses to the list of required immunizations (Hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, pneumococcus, and haemophilus) and eliminates philosophical and religious exemptions for children who attend public and private schools and day care.