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June 5, 2006

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. It was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Home School Legal Defense Association opposes this type of legislation used to track vaccinations received by children. HSLDA considers such record keeping 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 to creating such state registries. The increase in the number of state employees required to administer this tracking program will result in higher operating expenses to 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.

 Other Resources

Senate Bill 1046: An Act Creating a State-Wide Immunization Registry