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|Subcommittee Tosses Immunization Bill|
BY: ROANOKE TIMES
CREATED: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A House Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee on Tuesday threw out a bill that would have mandated all sixth-graders in Virginia be vaccinated against diseases like bacterial meningitis.
The bill was backed by the Virginia Department of Health and was sponsored by Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington. It would have required that Virginia students receive a vaccine to protect against the bacteria that causes meningococcal diseases like meningitis.
The Medical Society of Virginia, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Virginia Association of School Nurses spoke in favor of the bill, along with the Department of Health. But opponents of the bill argued that cases of meningococcal disease are so rare that they do not require a mandate.