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Oklahoma Lawmaker Takes Another Shot At Vaccination Bill

Jan 16, 2017
Lacey McKay receives a flu shot at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

As vaccine skeptics gain traction in the federal government, Oklahoma is again considering getting rid of the exemption that lets parents opt out.

President-elect Donald Trump has discussed creating a new commission on autism, which would look into whether vaccines play a role in its development. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental activist and avid vaccine critic, has told national media that Trump offered him the chairmanship.

State Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, on the Senate floor Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, plans to explore vaccination issues during the 2017 legislative session.

In an interview Friday morning, the Oklahoma City Republican told eCapitol’s Tyler Talley vaccination rates have plummeted over the last decade, and he said it’s his duty as a physician to advocate for vaccinations:

He explained that there was once a 95 percent Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination rate among kindergartners in Oklahoma.

Inoculated Against Fear: Vaccines In America

Apr 2, 2013
Pascal Dolémieux

The Journal of Pediatrics recently published results from a study indicating there is no correlation between “too many vaccines too soon” and developing autism.

Assignment: Radio March 24, 2013

Mar 25, 2013
Hayley Thornton

Each week, Assignment: Radio brings you stories on a different theme. Last time we took you to some interesting events in the community. This week, we focus on hard news topics like environmental conservation and the drug war. 

Assignment: Radio is KGOU's student-produced public affairs program focusing on issues and events on the University of Oklahoma campus.