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Updated: Sep 30
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Arizona: HB 2050 would in effect eliminate the requirement that parents provide proof of vaccination unless there is an outbreak of a disease that a vaccine is recommended for. The bill states that “a school may not require a pupil to receive the recommended immunizations or refuse to admit or otherwise penalize a pupil because that pupil has not received the recommended immunizations.”
Colorado: SB 163 would restrict the religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccination.
Connecticut: HB 5044 would eliminate the religious belief exemption to vaccination for schools in the state.
Florida: SB 64 would eliminate the religious belief exemption to vaccination and restrict the medical exemption.
Hawaii: HB 1182 would add a conscientious belief exemption to vaccines required for school.
Iowa: HF 206 would eliminate the religious belief exemption to vaccines required for school.
Illinois: HB 4870 would mandate the HPV vaccine for some school students; SB 3668 removes the religious belief exemption, restricts the medical exemption, and allows minors to consent to vaccination.
Maine: there is a vote coming up on March 3; voters will be asked whether they want to reject a law that removes philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccines.
Massachusetts: The Massachusetts legislature is considering a set of bills that would eliminate important exemptions to vaccinations (H3999/HD4284), mandate the HPV vaccine (S1264), and put the government in charge of medical exemptions (H4096/S2359).
Minnesota: The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill, SF 1520, that would eliminate the conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.
Missouri: HB 2380 would enact a conscientious belief exemption to vaccine requirements for public schools in Missouri and would remove private, parochial and parish schools from the current state laws governing vaccine requirements in Missouri.
Mississippi: HB 1060 would add a religious belief exemption to schools and daycare facilities in the state.
New Jersey: The New Jersey legislature is considering a set of bills, A1603, S903, and A969/S902 that mandate the HPV vaccine for certain school children and restrict or eliminate the religious belief exemption, respectively.
New York: The legislature is still considering additional bills that further restrict freedom of choice: S298B/A2912A (mandates HPV vaccine); A099 (allows forced vaccination under some circumstances); A2316 (mandates flu vaccine for daycare); A973 (allows HPV and Hep B vaccine without parental consent); S2276 (mandates flu vaccine for school and daycare); and A7838 (requires medical exemptions to be approved by the state health department).
The legislature is also considering S477 and A8676/S7202, which strengthen and expand the medical exemption to vaccination and add a religious belief exemption for school children, respectively.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a set of bills (SB 626, SB 653, and HB 1771) that would restrict or eliminate the religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccination.
South Dakota: HB 1235 would eliminate all vaccine mandates for the State of South Dakota for public and non public schools, early childhood programs and post-secondary educational institutions.
Virginia: The Virginia legislature is considering a bill, HB 1090, that mandates the full ACIP recommended vaccine schedule for school in Virginia. That means the full recommended CDC schedule will be required for school children. Additionally, HB 1489 amends current state vaccine requirements to add HPV vaccines for boys.
Vermont: The legislature is considering a bill, H 238, that would eliminate the religious belief exemption to vaccination.
Washington: The Washington legislature is considering a bill, SB 5841, that would eliminate the personal belief and philosophical exemptions for all mandated vaccines.
West Virginia: SB 549, HB 4115, HB 4114, SB 220, and HB 2847 would protect patients and parents from being discriminated against or harassed by health care providers or health care facilities for delaying or declining a vaccine, remove private and parochial schools from state compulsory vaccine law, and add a religious and conscientious belief exemption to vaccination in the state.
Wisconsin: The legislature is considering a bill, A248/SB 262, that would eliminate the personal belief exemption to vaccination.
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Move over coronavirus, there’s a new virus sending shockwaves through the scientific community. Scientists recently discovered a new virus that has no recognizable genes, making it one of the weirdest viruses.
The mysterious virus is called the Yaravirus, and it was discovered in an artificial lake in Brazil. The researchers who found the Yaravirus named it after Iara or Yara, a beautiful mermaid-like figure from Brazilian mythology that would lure sailors to live underwater with her forever. Her name means the “lady of the lake” or “mother of waters.”
Scientists discover virus with no recognizable genes.
When they sequenced its genome, none of its genes matched any scientists had come across before.
Researchers gave details of the new yaravirus in the biology website bioRxiv.
“Here we report the discovery of Yaravirus, a new lineage of amoebal virus with a puzzling origin and phylogeny,” the scientific paper said. “More than 90% (68) of Yaravirus predicted genes have never been described before, representing ORFans.”
“Yaravirus expands our knowledge of the diversity of DNA viruses,” the researchers wrote. “The phylogenetic distance between Yaravirus and all other viruses highlights our still preliminary assessment of the genomic diversity of eukaryotic viruses, reinforcing the need for the isolation of new viruses of protists.”