Vaccination billboard on I-10 causing controversy

Published: Apr. 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's a message many may have seen posted on the side of the road; a billboard off I-10 that is causing controversy with a message for parents to check the risk of vaccinations.

It shows a mother and her baby with the message 'Vaccinations?  Know the risks and failures'.  It has health officials concerned.

The non-profit group behind it, the National Vaccination Information Center says, "We have to acknowledge that there are gaps in science.  Vaccines do carry risks that can be greater for some than others."

The group has put up billboards in Chicago, Illinois and Austin, Texas as well.  Officials say they targeted states that have been discussing vaccine exemptions.

Recently a bill heard by the Arizona legislature would have required parents to get a doctor's signature before exempting their children, that bill failed.  Arizona is one of 20 states that allows personal belief exemptions.

Pima County Health officials say they agree parents should be informed, but the group's website is one sided.

"It focuses on all the negatives of vaccines and doesn't talk about any of the positive aspects and how vaccines have saved many lives," said Kathy Malkin, from the Pima County Health Department.

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