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Legislation to strength immunization laws announced

On Thursday, Feb. 5th, a press conference announced legislation to remove Vermont’s philosophical exemption to immunizations.  Stating their supper were Sen. Kevin Mullin and Representative Sarah Buxton, as well as representatives from numerous child- and health-advocacy organizations. 

Randolph pediatrician Louis DiNicola, M.D., spoke on behalf of the America Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter.  To see his portion of the press conference, see the video below.

AAPVT hosts annual Fall Meeting

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter hosted it’s annual Fall Meeting, Nov. 14, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. 

Highlights of the day-long meeting included educational sessions about HPV, adolescent transition, unsafe sleep and abusive head trauma, detecting child abuse, adolescent medicine and more.  A membership forum, networking opportunities and the Green Mountain Pediatrician Awards also took place.

 

Dr. Louis DiNicola honored by Vermont Medical Society

Randolph pediatrician and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Louis DiNicola, M.D., was given the Physician Award for Community Service by the Vermont Medical Society during its 200th annual meeting Oct. 19, at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt. 

AAPVT joins coalition seeking sugar sweetened beverage tax

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter today joined 37 other organizations in Alliance for a Healthier Vermont, a group seeking new sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax legislation.  During a press conference this morning at the statehouse, the coalition called on the tax in order to address the state’s growing obesity rates and associated health care costs.

Vermont once again tops healthiest state rankings

For the fourth-consecutive year, Vermont has been named the nation’s healthiest state by the United Health Foundation.
The state has steadily risen in the last 20-plus years of the group’s America’s Health Rankings, moving from 20th in 1990 to the top spot today.  
Here is what the United Health Foundation had to say about Vermont:

Senator Mullin honored for immunization advocacy

Senator Mullin Honored for Immunization AdvocacySenator Kevin J. Mullin received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Vermont Medical Society during its 199th annual meeting Oct. 27, at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt.

Legislature passes immunization bill that preserves philosophical exemption

A bill that as originally introduced would have eliminated the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations, passed the last day of the session with heavy amendments that in the end left the philosophical exemption intact. While the Senate voted to eliminate the philosophical exemption, the House voted 93-36 to keep it.

AAPVT members urge elimination of philosophical exemption to immunizations

A coalition of health care providers that included the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Medical Society and Vermont Academy of Family Physicians on Wednesday organized a press conference urging the Vermont House to pass S.199, a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations.

The press conference took place as the House Health Care Committee entered its second day of hearing testimony on the legislation, which has already been overwhelmingly approved by the Vermont Senate.

House committee to hold hearing on immunization bill

The House Health Care Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate bill S.199, a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations.

The hearing will be held Wednesday, March 21, in room 11 at the statehouse from 6 to 8 p.m. Witnesses, who will each have approximately three minutes to testify, can start signing up to speak at 5:30 p.m.

Children shouldn't be opted out of good health

By Dr. Louis DiNicola, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter

There are many laws designed to protect children from harm – seat belt requirements, child labor restrictions and prohibitions against underage drinking come to mind – that parents aren't allowed to simply opt out of. So why then are parents allowed to opt out of getting their children vaccinated against potentially deadly and disabling diseases such as measles, meningitis, polio and whooping cough?

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