Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination

With only weeks left until the commonwealth’s children head back to school, flanked by medical professionals and Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Rep Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) introduced legislation they hope will increase vaccination in the commonwealth Tuesday. 

Immunizations, Frankel told a room of onlookers, are one of the 20th century’s most cost effective achievements when it comes to stopping the spread of life threatening diseases.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

While national debate has increased over the necessity and safety over childhood vaccinations, trends show more students are entering Pennsylvania schools with all their required shots than previous years.

According to Department of Health surveys, a higher percentage of students in public and private schools in the 2017-18 school year had their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), hepatitis B, and varicella immunizations than those in 2014-15. The number and percentage of students admitted provisionally dropped substantially.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

The Allegheny County Health Department announced the county was on high alert following reports of four additional cases of measles on Thursday night.

The cases are all in one family and consist of two unvaccinated children and two adults, one of whom was unvaccinated. With the exception of one of the adults, the family members aren’t county residents and were visiting from abroad. 

Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tweets of the Week - April 29, 2019

Tweets of the Week - April 29, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status

As the medical community doubles down on research backing the effectiveness and safety of vaccinations, one lawmaker in the House is hoping to pass a bill that would bar doctors from being able to dismiss patients from a practice, and take away their medical license if they do so. 
  

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by lawmakers, members of the medical community and dozens of parents Tuesday to introduce HB 286, a bill which promotes “informed consent” and aims to limit discrimination within the medical community. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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