Chickenpox Vaccination

Advocates for chickenpox immunizations say Ohio has been a standout for too long

Supporters of a bill that would require Ohio children starting school in 2005 and afterward to be vaccinated for chickenpox say the state has been a standout for too long. President of the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Christopher Rizzo says success rates in other states prove it prevents needless illness and even death. All but seven states nationwide mandate the immunizations for entry into day care, school or both. The proposal introduced this month by Representative Courtney Combs, a Hamilton Republican, would allow people who disagree with vaccination to opt out. Spokesman Jay Carey says the Ohio Department of Health supports universal vaccination but says increased funding should come along with any mandate.