The health of young people and their families is the subject of a pair of bills which Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) shepherded through committee Wednesday. One would require employees of child care centers which serve children age six and younger to prove they've had measles shots. This stems from the concern over the recent outbreak that affected children at a day care in Palatine.
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Children under age one are too young to get a measles shot.
Also, advances in Down's syndrome research have led Radogno to sponsor a bill requiring the state to give all pertinent information to parents upon their child receiving a Down's diagnosis.
“Over the last 40-50 years, the care and the outcomes of children and young adults who have Down's have changed dramatically,” testified Dr. Peter Smith of the University of Chicago, “almost entirely for the positive.”
SB 987 (Down's) and SB 986 (shots) have passed the Senate Executive Committee.