By John Stucke, The Spokesman Review
A new state law is making it more difficult for parents to send their children to school without first getting immunized against diseases.
The bill, signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday, would require parents to receive a written certificate of exemption by a licensed health-care provider to enroll their children in public schools without the recommended battery of vaccinations designed to protect children.
“For too long Washington has had an easy way for parents to opt out,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “All it took was a simple check on a form.”