AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas would restrict emergency immunizations given to children removed from troubled homes under legislation that worries doctors and is a victory for vaccination opponents.READ MORE: UPDATE: Storm Threat Continues For North Texas Early Wednesday Morning
The bill passed Friday in the Texas House comes as more families statewide are not vaccinating their children.
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The new law would ban emergency vaccinations other than tetanus for children taken into state custody. Doctors say there are real implications.
Dr. Anu Partap is director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health in Dallas. She says she gave pertussis vaccines to new foster children last year following a North Texas outbreak.
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