Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to weaken vaccination laws.
In 2018, 14 bills were introduced in the Oklahoma legislature to weaken vaccination laws. Just 92.6% of kindergartners in Oklahoma had the measles vaccine down from 97.3% in 2010. Experts say a 95% vaccination is needed to prevent epidemics.
“I believe in vaccines,” Caring Nurses Association director Merlyn Sweet stated. “I’ve taken care of children with whooping cough when I worked at [Children’s Hospital] in Oklahoma City and seen them struggled to breathe, and not all of ‘em made it.”
Several Oklahoma lawmakers are adopting an anti-vaccination agenda, saying that they should be covered in the order and in the manner that the family prefers. And many people in the state have also started adopting an anti-vaxxer rhetoric.
According to the CDC, vaccines are safe and there is no benefit to delaying them. Infants and young children whose vaccines are spread out or left out are at risk of developing diseases during the delay.
“The chance of being struck by lighting in your lifetime is one in 165,000. The chance of you dying in a plane crash is one in 8,000,” Senator Ervin Yen, who has the stance of vaccinating children, stated on Public Radio Tulsa. “The chance of you dying in a car wreck is about one in 300.The chance of a serious reaction to a vaccine is on the order of one to two per million.”