State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-41st) has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to a recent measles outbreak in Cook County and the lack of public information on Down syndrome.
S.B. 986 would mandate any childcare facility that cares for children 6 and under require employees to provide proof of two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or provide proof of immunity.
“Senate Bill 986 addresses the very sensitive issue of immunization — we understand we are not perfect on this issue, but is important that we protect the babies who are too young to yet receive the benefits of immunization by ensuring we do not place them in harm’s way,” Radogno said.
S.B. 987 would require the state to provide evidence-based information on Down syndrome.
“Senate Bill 987 provides a vehicle so that any parent of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome is immediately connected with scientifically appropriate information,” Radogno said.
Radogno, along with University of Chicago associate professor of pediatrics Peter Smith and James Ronayne from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, attended a public hearing Wednesday on S.B. 987. Both pieces of legislation passed the Senate Executive Committee and now move on to the full senate.