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6/19/2006 9:06:46 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York: Calls Needed Now to Stop Immunization Bill

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June 19, 2006

New York: Calls Needed Now to Stop Immunization Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill that was just introduced last week, Senate Bill 8227, would
establish a statewide immunization registry for all New York children
under 19. While New York already has a voluntary immunization registry
system, this bill creates a mandatory reporting and record-keeping
system for all children.

Under S.B. 8227 any health-care provider would be required to report,
within 14 days, any immunization provided to a child who is under 19
to the statewide immunization registry. Every health-care provider
would also have to identify those children who claim a religious or
medical exemption and this information would be maintained by the
registry.

Such record keeping of personal medical information by the state is an
unnecessary and threatening invasion of privacy. Private medical
providers already do an excellent job of maintaining records on
patients receiving immunizations. With this type of registry there is
a real possibility that parents who choose not to have their children
vaccinated as prescribed by the state could be reported to Social
Services for medical neglect.

We are concerned that since the New York legislature is only scheduled
to be in session Monday through Thursday of this week that this bill
is on a fast track. Please call your state senator now urge them to
defeat this bill!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact your state senator immediately and give them the
following message in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 8227 which would create a statewide
immunization registry for all children. Such record keeping of
personal medical information by the state is an unwarranted invasion
of privacy. Private medical providers already do an excellent job of
maintaining records on patients receiving immunizations."

2. Please forward this email to other friends and families who are not
members of Home School Legal Defense Association and ask them to
contact their senators as well. This legislation would affect all
families in New York, not just homeschoolers.

To find the name and contact information for your state senator, use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

To view the text of Senate Bill 8227, please visit
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=S08227&sh=t .

BACKGROUND

Under S.B. 8227, the immunization registry would collect and store the
child's name, date of birth, sex, mother's name, types and dates of
vaccines given along with the date the shot was given. The
immunization registry would be able to provide these records to any
person or agency authorized by the state who is concerned with the
immunization or health-care screening of children.

The registry is required to keep these immunization records
confidential and secure. However, one of the overall goals for
creating the statewide immunization registry is to provide the
immunization status of children available to all authorized users.
This list includes local health districts, health-care providers,
schools, and local social services district responsible for the care
and custody of the children.

Another purpose of the immunization registry that is specifically
highlighted in the bill would be to use this immunization information
to keep track of the immunization status of each child and notify the
parents when their child is due or late for various immunizations.

The potential invasion of you and your family's privacy is great. One
such invasion of privacy could occur during an investigation by social
services. In our experience one of the questions that our members have
routinely been asked during the course of an investigation is the
status of their children's immunizations. In the future, if a social
worker could request information on your child's immunizations from
the statewide immunization registry your family could suddenly be
facing medical neglect questions even though the initial allegations
had nothing to do with the medical decisions you have made in
connection with your children.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for parental rights and greater homeschool freedom in New York please
visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Please call your state senator today!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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