This bill seeks to throw Congressional approval behind vaccination.
In its lengthy preamble, this bill lays out the case for the importance of vaccination: It has eradicated smallpox; reduced the prevalence of other deadly diseases like measles and mumps; and reduced the spread of infectious diseases like the flu and shingles. Finally, it offers figures for the number of preventable deaths, and saved lives thanks to vaccines — there are lots of commas and zeroes.
The main part of the bill is a resolution, which, as the title suggests, commends every organization — businesses, healthcare facilities, churches — that have helped with the vaccination effort. It also states that:
- Vaccines are essential for public health, and that public health crises can occur without widespread vaccination.
- Congress encourages continued research on vaccines.
- Parents should have their children vaccinated.