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Texas is ranked 46th in immunization coverage for children age 19-35 months. In 1997 Senator Zaffirini sponsored and passed House Bill (HB) 3054, creating the state's first immunization registry, an electronic medical records database that tracks the vaccines a child has received. The registry, called ImmTrac, helps ensure that children receive the proper vaccinations and do not get the same shots twice.
ImmTrac has enhanced Texas' immunization rate, but additional legislation is necessary to enhance the registry's effectiveness. Accordingly, SB 55 would modify ImmTrac by implementing a system of voluntary exclusion, or opt-out system. The current system requires inordinate state resources to verify consent for the 90 percent of the population who agree to be included. Switching to an opt-out system would save time and money and increase provider participation. What's more, it would free limited resources for other important health priorities.