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Last month, Kennedy’s sister, brother and niece published an opinion column saying that he is wrong about vaccines.
“He has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines,” they wrote in Politico.
This is not the only vaccination-related bill pending in the Ohio General Assembly.
Related: Ohio may require schools to tell parents how easy it is to skip vaccinations
House Bill 132 would require school districts inform parents of ways to opt out of getting their children vaccinated.
Every student is supposed to have evidence of all required shots, or have submitted an exemption, by 14 days into the school year or they are not allowed to attend. Ohio law, though, allows wide latitude for exemptions, including religious, medical or “reasons of conscience.”
Higher immunization rates lead to better protection for everyone against serious diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps and tetanus. Herd immunity refers to the idea that the more people in a community who are immunized, whether by vaccination or by natural immunity, the more protected the entire community is.
Babies who can’t be vaccinated yet, those with compromised immune systems and people with medical exemptions from vaccines rely on herd immunity to protect them.
The state budget bill also will contains a provision to allow private schools to refuse to enroll students who have not been vaccinated due to religious objections. Opponents of vaccines oppose the bill for that provision.