Stop Iowa Senate File 239
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“A new bill introduced at the statehouse would enable parents to not vaccinate their children without needing a medical or religious exemption because it conflicts with their philosophical beliefs.”
Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.
Each year, about 85 percent of the world’s children receive vaccines that protect them against tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and measles. These vaccines save about 2.5 million lives, and the hepatitis B vaccine, although not as widely used, saves about 600,000 lives.
Despite this success, more than 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Approximately 1.5 million of these deaths are in children less than 5 years old. Of the top 10 causes of death in those less than 5 years old, several are infectious, meaning they can be transmitted from one person to another.
Top causes of death in children less than 5 years old:
Other (unspecified) conditions
Congenital anomalies and other non-communicable diseases
We must protect all children.
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