Oak Park OKs Vaccine Ingredient Referendum
Disclosure measure wins two-thirds of voters' approval.
Oak Park voters were asked if they would like to require those who administer vaccines to provide literature listing a medicine manufacturer's vaccine ingredients.
The referendum's answer was a resounding "yes."
With 43 of 45 precincts reporting, 11, 403 voters approved the ballot question and 5,511 voted against it. Update: the final tallies are available in the chart below the story.
Barbara Mullarkey, an Oak Park resident and member of the Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition group that was instrumental in getting the question placed on the ballot, said late Tuesday the referendum approval was a victory for transparency.
"It's all about transparency and full disclosure of ingredients," she said. "It's freedom of information that people want."
Asked about the oppositional comments made on Patch's story last month — which explained the Oak Park Department of Public Health's opposition to the referendum and prompted reaction from commentators who called the measure "unnecessary and potentially harmful" and "scaremongering" — Mullarkey said she simply didn't understand their rationale.
"All we want is information," she said. "How can that be scaremongering?"
|Yes votes||11,938 (67.36%)|
|No votes||5,785 (32.64%)|