HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) strongly supports House Bill 19-1312 - as the bill will strengthen and improve vaccination rates among school age children. The bill provides a thoughtful, Colorado-specific solution that addresses a variety of stakeholder concerns and carefully balances public health with parental choice. It is backed by parents, health experts, child advocates and has achieved bi-partisan support.
“Given that we have preventable disease outbreaks raging through communities across our country, it is imperative that our legislators act now to support HB 1312. It is a modest bill that has evidence based strategies to improve Colorado’s low vaccination rates,” says Reginald Washington, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
According to the CDC, less than 89 percent of kindergarten-aged children in Colorado have received vaccines for diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. The low vaccination rate in Colorado, puts vulnerable members of our communities at risk for serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
“We have a shared responsibility to keep children and vulnerable populations safe and healthy. We join together with our colleagues around Denver - and throughout the rural communities - in support the passage of this bill. If the bill passes the General Assembly, we urge Governor Polis to stand with us to sign the bill. This bill provides the clarity needed to ensure that the Colorado Board of Health can better protect Colorado children from disease.”
About Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) has more than 300 board certified pediatric specialists that provide comprehensive care for children throughout the Rocky Mountain region. RMHC at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is a dedicated pediatric hospital with a 24/7 pediatric ER. It is the anchor facility for HealthONE’s system of pediatric care. The hospital is home to the largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the entire Rocky Mountain region. RMHC has the most experienced high-risk maternal fetal program in the region, a world-renowned specialized center for minimally invasive surgery for infants and children, a bone marrow transplant program, an adult congenital heart program and a nationally renowned institute for youth sports medicine, which includes a center focused on concussion. Learn more at www.RockyMountainHospitalforChildren.com.
Mari Abrams, Dir. of Marketing/Public Relations
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children