February 9, 2010
[efoods]Anna Dragsbaek has worked quietly for years to build support for expanding the state’s immunization registry, a database of vaccines given to Texans. Now, Dragsbaek, the executive director of the Texas-based Immunization Partnership, is ready for the spotlight: She and her allies are asking lawmakers to include all Texans in the registry. They’ll make their case before an influential Senate committee this month — and face an impassioned and formidable group of privacy proponents and anti-immunization parents.
Advocates for vaccination records say they’re vital to a robust public health system, that a complete registry of those shots would help the state navigate major health crises. Furthermore, they say, it would save the state huge sums in unnecessary bureaucracy. Opponents say the registry jeopardizes patient privacy, that it’s an effort to force people to give up their medical records. Lawmakers aren’t quite sure where they stand.