Illinois Agency Proposes Anti-Vaccine Certificate

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SPRINGFIELD----Health officials in Illinois are proposing new rules that will make more work for parents who oppose vaccinating their children because of religious reasons.

The new proposed rules would require parents to provide a special document to schools and child care facilities every year. A report in the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers says the Illinois Department of Health proposal is in response to a law approved in 2015.

The law created a "certificate of religious exemption" for children whose parents don't want them to be vaccinated because of their beliefs. About 20 opponents to the new proposal testified against it Monday at a public hearing in Springfield. They say the proposal is the health department's attempt to override state law and violate their religious freedoms.

Illinois Department of Health officials will consider the testimony before submitting a final version of the proposal for approval.

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