Arizona bill requires risks, benefits be disclosed before vaccination

Arizona bill requires risks, benefits be disclosed before vaccination

A new Arizona bill would require anyone administering a vaccine to provide patients and guardians with information about the shot’s benefits, risks and ingredients.

Republican state Sen. Paul Boyer recently introduced SB 1115, which he said would allow parents to give “informed consent” when they get their children vaccinated.

The bill would require health professionals to share the benefits and risks of each vaccine, the manufacturer’s product insert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ingredient list and an explanation of how to report a vaccine-adverse event before giving someone a shot.

Vaccinations are required for children to enter school in Arizona, but parents may file a personal belief exemption to prevent their children from having to get it.

Boyer said there has been an “explosion” in the number of vaccines and doses given to children since the 1960s.

He also said parents should be aware of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which limited vaccine manufacturers’ liability for vaccine injury claims and created the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that has paid out $4 billion in its lifetime.

But Scottsdale’s Dr. Terry Simpson said this bill could scare parents away from vaccines, and could make children more vulnerable to getting preventable diseases, such as measles.