COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio lawmakers say they will introduce legislation requiring kids in day care to be vaccinated for preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.
Reps. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood, and Ryan Smith, a Bidwell Republican, say the bill they plan to present in the Ohio House Wednesday will ensure that more children are immunized earlier.
The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Ohio has a law requiring vaccines for children entering kindergarten but is the only state in the nation without a similar one for kids in preschool and day care.
Ohio health officials are distributing thousands of doses of vaccines in an effort to stem recent outbreaks of mumps and measles in the state. The measles outbreak in Ohio is the largest in the U.S. since 1996.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,