Physicians and physician groups are asking Oklahomans to cite their opposition to a proposed change in education requirements for parents who opt to forego vaccines for their children.

Dr. George Monks, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said Thursday that action by the Oklahoma State Department of Health would remove the educational component from a process that allows parents to sign waivers refusing to have their children vaccinated for certain diseases.

“We cannot allow science to take a backseat in this discussion,” Monks said, of efforts by physicians to ensure parents make informed decisions, information he said has become more important in an era where most Oklahomans get their information from the Internet, “primarily social media.”

The change to administrative rule Title 310, Chapter

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