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Missouri bill would require day cares to disclose if they enroll unvaccinated kids

Missouri law requires children attending day care to be vaccinated. Missouri law requires children attending day care to be vaccinated.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Day cares in Missouri could soon face some new disclosure rules.

The Missouri House is considering legislation that require child cares to inform parents who ask if the center enrolls unvaccinated children.

Kids attending preschool or day care centers are required by law to have vaccinations against measles and other diseases.

However, parents can claim an exemption if they object.

HB976 would make it so day cares would have to tell parents who ask if they have any children with exemptions.

Becky Moore, the site director at The University for Young Children, says she has been asked if they take kids who haven't been vaccinated.

Right now, she can't answer that question legally.

She fears this could make things awkward.

"I don't feel with this bill that I would be allowed to disclose that information," Moore said. "It's a parents choice and everybody has their right to make that choice for their child. If a parent chooses not to vaccinate... I shouldn't be allowed to say yes or no we do have children in the facility that are or not vaccinated."

Current Missouri law only allows this information to be released to health care professionals and public employees.

While some Heartland residents say HB976 raises some privacy concerns, others like the idea.

"I'd like to know exactly who has been vaccinated and who hasn't because in the past most children were vaccinated," Karen Hoffman said. "... Once they are sick, with four of them, it's very difficult to take care of if they aren't feeling well."

No lawmaker opposed this possible change during a committee hearing in March.

The house still has to make a final vote before it heads to the senate.

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