Washington state legislators will soon be considering a bill to empower people to make safer vaccine choices in our state.
HB 1019 is called the “Holly’s Law” in memory of Holly Maria Stavola who died of encephalopathy – a well-recognized vaccine adverse event – after her second dose of the MMR vaccine. Holly’s Law would require health care providers, before administering any vaccine, to:
- Notify the patient or parent of the option to have an antibody titer test (where there is a licensed one) to determine whether the individual already has a naturally acquired immunity or has antibodies in response to previous vaccine(s).
- Notify the patient or parent that there is no state requirement for vaccination or serologic proof of immunity for any individual of any age, other than for the attendance of a child at public or private school, or a licensed day care in Washington, and that in those settings exemptions from state immunization are available.
The bill also states that documented laboratory evidence of a positive antibody titer obtained via a licensed test satisfies the state’s immunization requirement for that disease for school or day care attendance.
Will you help move this bill forward by calling your state legislator to urge him or her to co-sponsor the bill?
Thank you to Representatives Young, DeBolt, Eslick, Shea, McCaslin and Jenkin for introducing this important bill!
Call your Washington State Representative and urge them to SUPPORT HB 1019!
Click here to find your State Representative: http://leg.wa.gov/LIC/Pages/hotline.aspx (remember to contact your State Rep, not your U.S. Rep.)
Sample script for calls – please personalize to have the greatest impact:
“Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent. I am calling to urge Representative ___ to co-sponsor HB 1019, known as “Holly’s Law.”
This is an important bill that allows patients to make informed decisions about their health care.
All people should know that they can find out if they already have antibodies to a disease, before making the decision whether to vaccinate. If they already have immunity, whether naturally or due to a previous vaccine, further vaccination carries unnecessary health risks – as evidenced by the $4 billion paid to victims by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The bill provides that a positive antibody test satisfies state immunization requirements, making the legal requirements match up to scientific evidence. And it ensures that parents are told about the existing legal exemptions for immunization requirements at schools and day care centers, allowing parents to make more informed choices.
Can you let me know where Representative ___ stands on this issue? You can email me at ____ or call me back at ____.”
1) All people should have the right to know that they can get an antibody titer test to see if they are already immune to many of the “vaccine preventable” diseases.
2) This bill rightfully informs the public that vaccine exemptions are available for school and day care attendance. Washington State has three types of vaccine exemptions (philosophical, religious and medical.) https://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws/state-vaccine-requirements.aspx
3) Vaccines are a medical procedure that carry a risk of serious injury. The US Supreme Court recognizes vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and to cause injury and death in some recipients. The US Government has paid out $4 billion to the victims of vaccine injury. Hundreds of thousands have reported an adverse reaction to vaccination to VAERS. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vaers/
4) As is noted in this bill, with many vaccines, the primary dose or series may be sufficient for the development of positive antibody titer in the majority of the population, and exposure to subsequent doses may not be necessary to significantly improve protection of the individual.
Remember, your involvement and activism works!
For the text, status and history of HB 1019 click here: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1019.pdf