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Protect Our Most Vulnerable by Advancing the Community Immunity Act

Thursday, January 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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Measles on the Rise Nationwide

Advance Herd Immunity in MA

 

Social workers are on the front lines of many public health epidemics and understand first-hand how important it is for the state to promote community immunity. Efforts to achieve and maintain herd immunity, and by extension, standardize immunization requirements and exemptions and centralize the exemption process, represent an important step in-line with the mission of social work. For this reason, we are asking you to help us advance An Act Promoting Community Immunity (SB2359/HB4096).
 
We know those who are most at-risk when herd immunity is not achieved include our Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents, such as older adults, young children, and those otherwise immunocompromised. This bill, colloquially known as the Community Immunity Act, takes careful steps to protect these individuals by creating consistent processes for obtaining or approving immunization exemptions and protecting the general population from infectious, and often life-threatening, diseases such as measles, mumps, and diphtheria.
 
 
It is our moral and ethical obligation to protect the health and well-being of our most vulnerable residents. As rates of infectious diseases continue to increase nationwide, we must do everything in our power to enhance herd immunity in our state. My children and all the children of the Commonwealth deserve every opportunity to thrive, which can only truly be done when their health risks are minimized. Efforts to standardize data collection and transparency are needed now more than ever. 

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