Bill Introduced to Mandate Child Care Immunizations

(May 14, 2014) — Two Ohio legislators introduced a bill that would require immunizations for children entering licensed child care or preschool facilities.

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Representatives Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood, and Ryan Smith, a Bidwell Republican, introduced House Bill 536 during a press conference at the Ohio State House. They were joined by Ohio AAP Executive Director Melissa Wervey Arnold and Ohio AAP board member Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP.

The bill would require that children enrolled in licensed child care facilities be immunized in accordance with a schedule that is based on the schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC. The bill includes exemptions for medical and parental reasons.

Ohio is the only state that does not require the immunizations for children entering child care or preschool.

Click here to view the ACIP Birth-18 years-old immunization schedule.

Click here to read House Bill 536.