130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 6  As Reported by the House Health and Aging Committee
As Reported by the House Health and Aging Committee

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
S. C. R. No. 6

Senator Patton 

Cosponsors: Senators Bacon, Beagle, Brown, Cafaro, Cates, Faber, Hite, Hughes, Jones, Kearney, LaRose, Lehner, Obhof, Oelslager, Sawyer, Schaffer, Schiavoni, Smith, Tavares, Turner, Wagoner 

Representatives Wachtmann, Goodwin, Fende, Barnes, Carney, Celeste, Johnson, McKenney 

Designating Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month in Ohio, April 2011.

       WHEREAS,  The members of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio are pleased to declare April 2011 as Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month in the State of Ohio; and

       WHEREAS,  Primary immunodeficiency diseases are disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or does not function properly. These disorders are caused by intrinsic or genetic defects in the immune system, many of which require chronic replacement therapies such as immune globulin administration, gamma interferon, antibiotics, bone marrow or stem cell transplantation, or gene therapy to protect afflicted individuals from frequent life-threatening infections and debilitating illnesses. The World Health Organization currently recognizes more than two hundred primary immunodeficiency diseases, and they are included by the National Institutes of Health on their list of rare diseases; and

       WHEREAS,  As the public and the medical community know little about primary immunodeficiency diseases, there is a delay of 12.4 years between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis, often resulting in permanent functional impairment. These diseases may affect as many as 250,000 people in the United States; and

       WHEREAS,  The education of healthcare professionals about primary immunodeficiency diseases is necessary to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment, and widespread public support is needed to understand these disorders, find cures, and provide access to available life-saving therapies. The Immune Deficiency Foundation is helping this cause by providing advocacy, education, and research to improve diagnosis and treatment; therefore be it

       RESOLVED,  That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, designate April 2011 as Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month in the State of Ohio and encourage all citizens to learn about primary immunodeficiency diseases and support those affected by them; and be it further

       RESOLVED,  That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the Immune Deficiency Foundation and the news media of Ohio.

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