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Vaccinations In The Utah House On Thursday's Access Utah

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, is sponsoring HB221, which would preserve parents' rights to exempt their children from immunizations but would require those parents to watch an educational video to receive the exemption.

Rep. Moss says that the 15- to 20-minute video is meant to teach parents what to do in the case of an outbreak and standardize education across local health departments. She says that officials in some areas of Utah are reporting that those areas are close to losing herd immunity, in which everyone is protected indirectly from infectious disease because a great majority of the population is immune to infection.

Gayle Ruzicka, President of the Utah Eagle Forum is opposing HB221.

We’ll talk with Rep. Moss, Gayle Ruzicka, and two nurse practitioners, Lacey Eden and Beth Luthy.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.