Dr. Edwards Testifies For More Robust Vaccine Registry
March 25, 2015
ARC Pediatrician, Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, recently testified at the Texas Capitol in support of House Bill 465, which requests strategic changes to the Texas Immunization Registry, known as ImmTrac.
The goal of Bill 465 is to create a more efficient process for collecting vaccine information as well as to increase the volume of data and maintain records until age 26.
Under the current “opt-in” system, a person must designate her willingness to confidentially share her vaccine information in ImmTrac. The Bill recommends moving to a process that assumes consent unless an individual “opts-out”.
Bill 465 was submitted by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) and Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville).
ImmTrac is overseen by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The purpose of the secure and confidential registry is to increase vaccine coverage across Texas.
Specific recommendations of Bill 465 include the following:
- Give families and individuals the freedom to opt out of the state immunization registry.
- Give physicians and vaccine providers the information they need to make sure Texas children are protected as much as possible from deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Give physicians and vaccine providers the information they need to make sure Texas children aren’t unnecessarily overvaccinated.
- Make it easy and convenient for families to maintain accurate vaccination records for children and adults.
- Preserve vital records until age 26 for use in responding to a public health emergency and for preparing for college or employment.
Read Dr. Edwards’ testimony.