Vital Signs newsletter: Vaccine debate draws crowd to Augusta

A parade of speakers packed a legislative committee room on Monday, drawn to Augusta to debate Maine’s vaccination program. Among them was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who’s been making the rounds in other states weighing vaccine legislation, hawking his book about the supposed dangers of immunization.

Lawmakers are considering three bills on the issue, two that would tighten vaccination requirements and one proposed by a group that opposes mandatory vaccines.

While there is overwhelming scientific consensus that vaccines are safe for the vast majority of people and effective at reducing or eliminating deadly diseases, federal data show the percentage of Maine parents choosing to skip vaccines for their children is on the rise.

Vaccine debate pours into Augusta as lawmakers consider new requirements

 

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Melissa Marr wrote the book on her iPhone while she spent 40 days at the hospital, holding baby Kaden as he trembled and cried restlessly, withdrawing from addictive narcotic drugs.

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.