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Proposed Health Department Rule Would Allow Further Spread of Vaccine Misinformation, Put Kids at Risk

Oklahoma City, Jan. 7, 2021 -- A group of medical professionals and advocates is sounding the alarm about proposed changes to vaccine rules at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 

 

The change to administrative rule Title 310, Chapter 535 would remove an educational requirement for parents who want to refuse vaccines for their children, even if the children are enrolled in Oklahoma schools or childcare centers. The education requirement was put in place in 2020, but implementation was delayed due to the pandemic.

Health Care, Child Advocacy Groups Laud Stitt Support for New Vaccine Rules

 

Oklahoma City, June 26, 2020 - Governor Stitt signed new agency rules yesterday evening, including an upgrade to Oklahoma’s vaccine rules. Health Department Rule 535 will require parents to receive information about vaccines prior to getting a non-medical vaccine exemption for a minor child. 

The rules were passed in an effort to combat misinformation about vaccines frequently shared on social media. 

2020 Champion for Healthy Families Award

 

Oklahoma City, June 18, 2020  — Senator Greg McCortney, Representative Cynthia Roe and Representative Garry Mize have been chosen to receive the 2020 Champion for Healthy Families Award by a coalition of healthcare professionals and community members. 

 

“Sen. McCortney, Rep. Roe and Rep. Mize have all been fierce advocates for families in Oklahoma,” said Jacqueline McDaniel executive director of the Oklahoma Alliance for Health Families. “They have a sincere heart for protecting the most vulnerable among us, and we are pleased to present them with this award in recognition of their longstanding service.”

New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Vaccines

Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov. 26, 2019 - Public polling results released today by the Oklahoma Alliance for Healthy Families show 96% of Oklahomans believe vaccines are effective at preventing disease. The statewide telephone poll, conducted of 1,039 Oklahomans from Oct. 15-21 by conservative pollster Chris Wilson, has a margin of error of +/-3. 

 

The Oklahoma Alliance for Healthy Families is a statewide coalition of public health experts and parents with the goal of improving the health of our schools, communities and families through education and engagement.

2021

January 13, 2021

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Opinion: Oklahoma vaccine rule should stay in place

January 7, 2021

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Medical groups criticize proposed Oklahoma Vaccine rule

January 12, 2021

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Why you should get the COVID-19 vaccination

January 8, 2021

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Physicians group seeks support for vaccine education requirements before inoculation exemption

2020

December 31, 2020

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Guest Editorial: Show you care; get the COVID vaccine when you can

December 4, 2020

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GUEST COLUMN: Scientific standards will back vaccine

July 24, 2020

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Virtual or in-person classes this fall? Five factors to consider

March 19, 2020

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LETTER: Informed refusal of vaccines should be reality

December 12, 2020

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Long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine called turning point in state's fight against deadly virus

December 2, 2020

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Dr. Lamont Cavanagh: Have a holly, jolly (handwashing) holiday

June 24, 2020

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Mize Earns Champion for Healthy Families Award

March 1, 2020

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Point of View: Oklahomans should choose vaccination

December 7, 2020

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Jenkins: Vaccine is result of innovation, collaboration

July 29, 2020

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The decision to return to schools

2019

2018

December 09, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Legislature needs to review health risks in ease of having unvaccinated children

August 02, 2018

COLUMN: How to protect your child

December 05, 2018

Physician Talks on Fighting the Flu

August 02, 2018

Letter to the Editor

December 01, 2018

Letter to the Editor

April 25, 2018

Point of View: Immunizations produce a healthier Oklahoma

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