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The city of Nashua is taking on the issue of childhood immunizations, after the CDC reported a nationwide drop in vaccinations as a result of families staying home due to COVID-19.

This evening, Nashua is hosting the first of three free mobile vaccination clinics for children in the Greater Nashua area.

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Measles outbreaks are popping up in other parts of the country, most recently in Washington state,  which has reported 55 cases so far this year. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated children under 10. Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency.

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As a measles outbreak spreads to more than 100 children in 14 states, New Hampshire is considering a bill that would allow parents to opt out of a state-run immunization registry.

The state was supposed to set up an immunization registry back in the late 1990s, but it’s still in the works.

The registry would allow the state to track down and notify parents of unimmunized children if there were an outbreak of a communicable disease like measles.

The proposed bill would allow parents to opt out of that list, blocking the state from knowing their vaccination history.