Student vaccination debate reaches Texas Capitol

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AUSTIN, TX - To shoot and tell?  That's the question at the Texas state Capitol.  No, we're not talking guns.  We're talking vaccinations.

Lawmakers in Austin heard the issue of privacy and transparency when it comes to student vaccinations; basically your right to know who in your kid's class has opted out of a school vaccination.

"I need to know about the choices that his classmates have made so that I can protect him as much as I can," said Jill Guerrero

Currently, when someone turns 18, their vaccination history is cleared from the state registry.  If passed, House Bill 2171 would change that, keeping a student's vaccination history on file until they reach age 26, without documentation of new consent.

Another vaccination bill under the microscope, House Bill 2474.  If that passes, schools will have to reveal how many unvaccinated students are enrolled at a particular school.

"It is about having parents at this school wanting to find out who is behind that exemption form," said Dawn Richardson, who opposes both bills.

The Texas House and Senate aren't anywhere close to passing these bills.  Whether you're for or against getting your kids vaccinated, letting parents know how to best protect their little ones may be worth a shot.


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