Strengthening the state’s weak immunization requirements is a key 2020 legislative priority for the MMA. That’s why the MMA is joining forces with other pro-vaccine advocates to sponsor “Celebrate Immunization”, a rally in support of immunizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
The MMA joins the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP), Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the Somali Medical Association of America, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, and others in sponsoring the event.
Current Minnesota law allows parents and guardians to opt their children out of immunizations required for school attendance for religious and “conscientiously held” beliefs, as well as medical contraindication. This broad exemption authority has allowed rates of immunization in some communities to rise to dangerous levels, risking another outbreak of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
During the upcoming legislative session, the MMA and its allies will seek the repeal of the personal belief exemptions allowed under current law.
Policy makers often only hear from anti-vaccine advocates who are well-organized and put pressure on legislators via email, phone calls and presence at the Capitol. The “Celebrate Immunization” rally is intended to remind policy makers that vaccines have broad support in the general public and within the health care community.
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