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Lakewood Democrat pushes to ensure preschoolers are vaccinated
Antonio cites outbreaks of mumps and measles, and her includes religious exemptions

Jo Ingles
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Some Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse want to make it mandatory for children to be current on their recommended vaccinations before they would be allowed to enter preschool.

Representative Nickie Antonio of Lakewood says the spread of mumps and measles in Ohio in recent weeks underscores the need for these immunizations.

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"Ohio is the only state in the nation that does not require for licensed child care centers to require immunizations upon entry. We believe this is low-hanging fruit, that this is something that we can do in the state of Ohio to increase the amount of children who are immunized."

 Antonio says these immunizations are already recommended. She says the legislation would allow for religious exemptions and would allow parents to opt out if they like.

She says she looks forward to the discussion about vaccines in committees because she wants medical professionals to address problems
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If we do not require immunization against these diseases, then there is no point in bothering with this legislation. Filling it full of exemptions and loopholes voids the effectiveness of immunizing the population. Religious belief does not trump public health and safety.

Posted by: Julianne Spreng (Mohicanville OH) on May 15, 2014 9:05AM
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