Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Introduces Legislation to Require Public School Students to Receive Vaccines
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) introduced the Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015. This bill will require students attending public schools to receive vaccinations, with a medical exception for students who cannot be vaccinated. Congresswoman Wilson released the following statement:
“This week, the World Health Organization celebrated World Immunization Week, recognizing the importance of vaccines. Research has shown that vaccinations are effective, keep people healthy, and save lives. As a former educator, I understand the importance of childhood vaccinations.
“The health and safety of children must be our top priority. Children who are not vaccinated put themselves and others in danger of acquiring and spreading preventable diseases. That is why I introduced the Vaccinate All Children Act because requiring vaccinations for students will save lives and protect future generations,” said Congresswoman Wilson.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths in the United States among children born in the last 20 years.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a third-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Congresswoman Wilson also founded the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways.