- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate is set to grapple with a renewed effort to ban the philosophical exemption some parents use to avoid having their children fully vaccinated.

The Senate last week put off action until this Wednesday on an amendment that would remove the exemption from state law. The change effectively means that most of the parents who are currently not getting the full list of recommended vaccines for their kids would be required to do so.

Previous moves to halt the philosophical exemption in Vermont have fizzled after criticisms from some parents and lawmakers who say health decisions should be left up to families.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee was set to take testimony Wednesday on the issue before a debate by the full Senate.

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