Over the last few weeks, the Tennessee State legislature has had a meningitis vaccination bill working its way through the Senate and House. This bill will help protect all of the children in the state from this potentially vaccine-preventable disease. The bill made it through the Senate with no problems!
This morning I was told an anti-vaccine group was rallying its forces to stop the bill in the House committee. A series of mis-truths were disseminated. I immediately called all of the representatives on the House committee and urged my support for the passage of the bill. Not only were my children born in Tennessee, but I have many family members still living in the state. Even if my sons were born halfway around the world, I would still have called. I want all children protected. I also took the opportunity to point out the mis-information in the anti-vaccine literature.
The reception I received was very positive, and the bill made it out of committee. I am so happy that science and sense has won this round.