Rep. Jackson-Lee announces push to educate parents about safety of vaccines

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HOUSTON –  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee used a trip to Houston to meet with Houston and Harris County health officials and to announced her support of a national drive to teach parents about the safety of vaccines.

“I asked for the FDA and the CDC to launch a collaborative effort across America to develop protocols to educate parents about the safeness of vaccines,” Jackson-Lee said.

This is the latest attempted by a lawmaker to get Texans to stick it to their kids.  And it all has to do with the measles outbreak that’s spreading across the country.

State representative Jason Villalba has a bill that will bar public school students from opting out for personal or religious reasons. The state has granted more than 38,000 exemptions, a number that has tripled in Texas in the past six years.

Villalba’s bill, however, covers only public schools. Parents of kids in private and home schools get a pass.

The state of Mississippi is usually around the bottom of the pack when it comes to education, but now it finds that it’s top of the heap in terms of vaccinations.

Numbers from the CDC show Mississippi with the highest rate of vaccinated school-aged children, with 99.7 percent of kindergarteners fully vaccinated.

The CDC says Georgia is the latest state to report measles, bringing to 121 the number of confirmed cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia since the initial breakout in California in December.