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Legislative Bill 460 would require “every student” to have the meningococcal conjugate vaccine upon entering the seventh grade, and again at age 16. NOTE: LB 460 does not overturn Nebraska’s statutory recognition of the right of parents to decline the immunization of their school-aged children for medical or religious reasons. Even if LB 460 is passed, parents can opt-out of these requirements by filing an affidavit pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-221.
HSLDA supports the parental right to choose whether to immunize. Many parents are concerned about the medical risks of vaccinations, object on religious grounds, or feel that it is unnecessary for their children to be vaccinated if those children will not be in a traditional school setting where they would be exposed to a variety of germs. HSLDA works to ensure that parents retain the liberty to exempt their children from mandatory vaccinations.
01/24/2013 Referred to Education Committee.
03/04/2013 Notice of hearing for March 12, 2013.
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