New child vaccination legislation introduced by state representatives in Pittsburgh

New child vaccination legislation introduced by state representatives in Pittsburgh

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TO CLASS, STATE LAWMAKERS ARE
INTRODUCING NEW LEGISLATION ON
CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.>>THE PROPOSAL BY STATE
REPRESENTATIVE DAN FRANKEL OF
ALLEGHENY COUNTY WOULD REQUIRE
PARENTS WHO SEEK NON-MEDIC
EXEMPTIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN
MEET WITH A DOCTOR EVERY YEAR TO LEARN ABOUT THE RISKS OF THE
CHOICE.>>WE ARE FACED WITH A SITUATION
WHERE LOVING PARENTS ARE
RECIEVING ON ONSLAUGHT O
MISINFORMATION LEADING THEM TO
MISTRUST THESE LIFESAVING TOOL
SHANNON: UNDER CURRENT LAW, A PARENT ONLY NEEDS TO SIGN A FORM
ONCE. THE BILL WOULD ALSO MANDATE THAT
STATE SCHOOLS PUBLISH THE NUMBER
OF VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED
STUDENTS ONLINE. IT WAS WRITTEN BY A NEW STATE
REPRESENTATIVE FROM ACROSS THE
STATE.>>THIS IS MY FIRST PIECE
LEGISLATION, NOT ONLY AS A STA
LEGISLATOR, BUT AS A REGISTERED
NURSE AND AS A MOTHER. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL
INFORM PARENTS THE INFORMED
CHOICE THAT THEY CAN MAKE WHEN
SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO PUBLIC
SCHOOL AND KNOWING HOW MANY
CHILDREN IN THAT SPECIFIC SCHOOL HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AGAINST
PREVENTABLE DISEASE. SHANNON: LOCAL PEDIATRICIANS SAY
THEY’VE BEEN FRUSTRATED WITH
PARENTS GETTING MISINFORMATION. WE HAVE EVIDENCE-BASED
VACCINES THAT ARE SAFE AND
EFFECTIVE THAT PROTECT KIDS FROM
VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES. THAT WE’RE NOW STARTING TO SEE
SHANNO HE SAYS IN 2000, THE
U.S. DECLARED MEASLES ELIMNATED. BUT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WE
KEEP BREAKING RECORDS FOR NEW
CASES. DR. WOLYNN SAYS THERE ARE
— THE ARE 1000 CASES IN OUR
COUNTRY AND 100,000 MEASLES
CASES IN EUROPE. SCARY SOCIAL MEDIA SHARES AR
PARTLY TO BLAME, HE SAYS.>>IT’S THE NOTION OF IF I
SCARES, THEN THEY SHARE. AND SO WHAT WE’VE TRIED TO TEACH
PRACTICES ALL ACROSS THE
COUNTRY, IS HOW TO USE EVIDENCE
BASED COMMUNICATION METHODS TO
LISTEN CAREFULLY TO FAMILIES, TO
UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS, AND TO ANSWER THEM POINT BY POINT,
USING EVIDENCE-BASED SCIENCE
GUIDELINES. SHANNON: WE HAVE REACHED

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