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Senate Bill 40 would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of having their children's immunization records on the Texas immunization registry. Currently, individuals or their parents or guardians, if they are minor children, must consent to place their immunization information on the immunization registry. If SB 40 passes, individuals or their parents or guardians will have to consent to have their immunization information withheld from the registry. This changes the law from an "opt-in" provision to an "opt-out" requirement.
Many parents are concerned about the medical risks of vaccinations. Parents, not the government, should have the right to make medical decisions, such as vaccinating their children. Parents should also have the ability to choose whether or not to place their children's immunization history on the Texas immunization registry. Making it harder to opt out of placing sensitive medical information on the registry will restrict a parent's right to monitor their children's medical history. If SB 40 passes, many parents may hypothetically be unaware that they can opt of sharing their children's immunization history. Keeping the opt-out option automatic is the current law and the best policy.
11/12/12 Senate Introduced
01/28/12 Senate Read first time and referred to health and human services.
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