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Immunization Tracking Bill Passes Senate
Senate Bill 1046, legislation which would establish a state immunization registry for South Carolina children, passed the Senate in April 2006. It was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration, where it remains as this article goes to press.
Home School Legal Defense Association opposes this type of legislation, used to track vaccinations received by children. HSLDA considers such recordkeeping of personal medical information by the state to be an unnecessary invasion of privacy. Private medical providers already do an excellent job of maintaining records on patients receiving immunizations. Citizens do not want the state to begin harassing them about what shots to get and when.
There is also a fiscal impact from creating such state registries. The increase in the number of state employees required to administer this tracking program will result in higher operating expenses for the state and possibly higher taxes for citizens.
HSLDA member families in South Carolina are urged to contact their state representatives and ask them to vote against this bill.
— by Dewitt T. Black