Christine McLarty

Published: September 27, 2016, 7:52 pm Updated: September 28, 2016, 8:59 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Chances are you and your children were vaccinated against all kinds of diseases. Doctors have no doubt they’re effective, but some parents want you to have the right to refuse. Dozens of parents rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, pleading with government to take away mandatory vaccinations for children. Many parents claim the 29 vaccination shots children receive within the first 15 months of life are the cause of diseases like autism, diabetes and cancer.

While many are rallying, the Department of Health is considering changes to the state’s vaccination requirements. As of now, students are required to get their child vaccinated within the first eight months of school. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is proposing to shorten that length to five days. Pediatrician Nilufer Goyal, MD agrees. She works for Holy Spirit, a Geisinger affiliate. “A lot of people believe we have a community of responsibility to not only protect our own children, but to protect other, sicker children (that cannot obtain the vaccination),” Goyal said.

The state regulatory commission will consider changing the vaccination regulation for school children from eight months to five days during a meeting next month.