House Bill 772 is in the Senate Health and Human Services committee at the state legislature. This bill would improve ImmTrac, the state immunization registry, and save the state money by acknowledging the fact that well over 95 percent of the state’s parents want to participate in this valuable safeguard of their child’s immunization records, and having parents and young adults only required to complete paperwork if they choose to opt out of the system rather than obtain written consent for every individual. It will continue to protect the privacy of records and allow individuals who wish not to participate to do so.
As the system currently functions, every parent has to consent or decline at the birth of their infant, with that paperwork needing to be processed by the birth registrar and the state. The change would mean that only the declinations need to be processed, saving the system about 90-95% of the processing and work time. Also, when children turn 18, they are currently sent a notice in the mail to go online and renew their consent as adults.
If your child is anything like mine, getting them to read and respond to real mail (as opposed to email) is really difficult, and many kid’s records then are purged from the system at age 19 – just when they begin to need them again for college and job requirements.
Kudos to Representative Donna Howard for sponsoring this bill.