An American pediatric nurse has been accused of using a smartphone app to help a child be vaccinated.
The case comes as a US House of Representatives committee has begun examining the use of “virtual” immunization programs.
In February, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ordered that “all States and their respective counties must provide information to parents on how to request a vaccine for their children.”
According to the order, a State must report to HHS the vaccination status of any child enrolled in any vaccination program.
A number of states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, have also been cited for failing to provide parental notification.
In March, the US House Judiciary Committee sent letters to the states and localities, asking them to provide information on how parents are informed about their child’s immunization.
The committee noted that “many parents who are not informed about the benefits of vaccinations are at risk for unnecessary harm.”
“Some states are failing to notify parents of the benefits and risks of vaccinations.
We believe this is unacceptable, and we hope you will take this letter seriously and begin to do more to protect the public from unnecessary harm,” the committee said.
The letter also asked HHS to develop an app that “provides information about vaccine safety, risks, and benefits” and that states could share the information with parents via the Department’s website.HHS Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that states should not require parents to sign waivers or “treaties” before they can vaccinate their children.