MI's immunization waiver works! Ask your lawmaker to vote NO to HBs 4425 and 4426 > Michigan State Medical Society


MI's immunization waiver works! Ask your lawmaker to vote NO to HBs 4425 and 4426

Childhood immunizations protect our kids from dangerous infectious diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and more, but they can't help if parents don't get their kids vaccinated.

Michigan recently approved a change to Michigan's childhood immunization standards requiring parents of school-aged children who seek a "non-medical exemption" to immunization requirements to have their waiver certified by their local health department.

While individuals may still choose and obtain a waiver for any reason, the new rule has led to better education about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, encouraging informed decisions.

It's a common sense reform that's protecting kids and making Michigan a healthier state, and immunization waiver rates have plummeted as a result. That means our children are safer and healthier.

Unfortunately, a pair of state lawmakers have introduced House Bills 4425 and 4426, misguided legislation that would roll back these effective, lifesaving initiatives and undo the progress Michigan has made protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

According to testimony by state officials, Michigan's improved opt-out policies are working and they're making kids healthier. Now's not the time to turn back the clock on this critical reform.

Please urge your lawmaker to support Michigan kids first by voting NO on House Bills 4425 and 4426.



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