Earlier this week ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser explained that children deserve to be protected from disease while in public school. With rising school vaccine exemption rates and pockets of unvaccinated students, our children and our communities are at risk of suffering from unnecessary disease outbreaks. It’s what Dr. Besser explains as a “ticking time bomb“. Several states, such as WA, OR, VT and CA, have already taken measures to help increase immunization rates by modifying the way parents file for school vaccine exemptions. By ensuring parents understand the benefits and risks of vaccines, and by requiring more than just a parental signature to secure an exemption, these states are beginning to see a rise in student immunization rates. And Colorado is the latest state to stand up for student health with the introduction of Colorado House Bill 1288.