|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that every child deserves to be vaccinated and parents should not get to decide whether their children receive vaccinations or not since most often parents are ill-informed. Vaccine exemptions should not be offered to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children; even having one child unprotected will kill our “herd immunity” which is the main resistance against a contagious disease.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that all vaccines should be made optional as they have been in the past and health departments in every state should continue or go back to offering vaccine exemptions to those parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids. Parents have parental rights and those rights include, and are not limited to, deciding what gets injected into their kids, even if it allegedly can affect other kids. Parents have the right to be able to send their children to public schools with their respective exemptions.
The Vaccinate All Children Act requires students at public elementary and secondary schools to be vaccinated. The act requires each student enrolled in one of the states’ public elementary schools or public secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
The term “Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices” refers to the Advisory Committee established by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Currently, a child can be exempted from getting vaccinated if a registered and licensed physician submits a written certification at the beginning of the school year to the individual in charge of the health program at the students' school;
• Certifying that the physician has personally examined the student during the preceding 12 months
• Certifying that, in the physician’s opinion, the physical condition of the student in such that the students' health would be endangered by the vaccination involved
• Demonstrating (to the satisfaction of the individual in charge of the health program at the students' school) that the physicians' opinion conforms to the accepted standard of medical care.
According to the World Health Organization, measles cases rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 relative to that same time span last year.
In the U.S. alone, 555 cases have been confirmed in 20 states since January, which is the second-highest number of reported cases since the CDC declared measles eliminated in 2000.
Research has shown that vaccines are effective, keep people healthy, and save lives.
One dose of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles and two doses are 97% effective.
Non-scientific and dangerous myths about the association between vaccines and autism have been debunked by the medical community, although there remains some level of skepticism.
A high immunization rate helps protect those who cannot safely be vaccinated, either because they are too young or have a medical condition, e.g. a weakened immune system, and truly cannot receive a vaccination. This is what is known as “herd immunity.”
The Measles virus is so contagious that one carrier can infect up to 90 percent of the unvaccinated people in their vicinity. Therefore, vulnerable populations rely on a high vaccination rate.
The reasoning behind the bill is that by allowing parents to choose their vaccinations schedules themselves, will ultimately kill herd immunity, which will spike the infection rate of several diseases. By requiring students attending public schools to vaccinate in the recommendation of a medical board, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to eliminate hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths in the United States among children born in the last 20 years.
Sponsored by: Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24].