A new bill, expected to be introduced in Congress this week,
would require that all children in Head Start programs be fully vaccinated
unless medical reasons exempt them. The bill, “A Head Start on Vaccinations
Act,” would give parents three months to get their kids vaccinated and follow
the CDC’s recommended schedule, which includes a total of thirty-four potentially
dangerous shots for fourteen different diseases before the age of six.
While we’ve seen numerous attempts at the state level to
eliminate or restrict religious, philosophical, and personal belief exemptions,
and to mandate vaccinations for children who attend public schools, this is one
of the first attempts by the federal government to get involved in mandating
vaccinations—even if it means usurping powers traditionally reserved to the
Tell Congress it’s irresponsible and inappropriate for the
federal government to get involved in vaccine mandates. Even more caution is
warranted with minority children, who based on what little information has been
released need to be the subject of more vaccine-related research. If passed,
this bill sets a dangerous precedent on how we treat the millions of Americans
who participate in federally funded programs.
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