DENVER (AP) - A measure to clamp down on vaccine exemptions passed overwhelmingly in the state House Monday.
The bill makes it harder for parents to claim personal objections to vaccines before enrolling their kids in schools or daycare.
The measure would require parents seeking the exemption to undergo vaccine education, either a video or consulting with a physician.
Religious and medical vaccine exemptions would not be affected. Sponsors of the bill say it's too easy to opt out of mandatory vaccines, leading to Colorado having a low vaccination rate relative to other states.
Outbreaks of whooping cough and measles have been attributed in part to low vaccination rates. The House approved the bill 42-19. It now awaits consideration in the state Senate.
9NEWS hosted a poll on this bill from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MT.
The poll question: Should there be a law to make it harder to send children to school without their vaccines?
When the poll closed, 52 percent answered yes in support of there being a law to make it harder to send children to school without their vaccines, while 48 percent answered no. Exactly 1,548 votes were received through text, twitter and online.