Vaccines Under Microscope of Legislation being Floated Through Maine Legislature

Under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centers, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship. (Source: Matthew Lotz/U.S. Air Force/MGN)

Augusta, ME-- Maine could end non-medical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines required by schools and certain health care facilities. The Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is set to hold a work session on the bill Wednesday. Federal data shows Maine had among the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in 2017-2018.