UPDATE: Flu Vaccine Legislation Referred Back to House Health Committee

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) is pleased House speaker, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, decided to re-refer a dangerous bill to the House Health Committee. House Bill 193 would ban employers to require their employees to be immunized against the flu.

This issue is very important to hospitals that utilize flu immunization as part of their patient safety programs. The bill is opposed by our organization, along with the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, and Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Despite strong opposition and overwhelming scientific evidence on the effectiveness of immunizations in preventing the spread of disease and illness, HB 193 cleared the House  Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee last week (Sept. 12).

“We are very thankful Speaker Rosenberger sent this bill to the health committee,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO of the Ohio AAP. “Children and adults must be protected from the spread of the flu. We sincerely thank all of our members and partners who made calls and talk to the committee members about the facts around the flu vaccine.”

The Ohio AAP was happy to see the Columbus Dispatch editorial coming out against House Bill 193 in additional to urging lawmakers to “change the statute that allows parents to send their children to public schools without the standard required vaccines if they register a philosophical objection.” We agree children in hospitals and schools need to be protected!

The Ohio AAP will continue to oppose House Bill 193 and protect the ability of hospitals to protect patients. Hearings have not yet been scheduled.

If you have questions about this legislation, contact Melissa Wervey Arnold, Ohio AAP CEO, at marnold@ohioaap.org.

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