Amid Measles Outbreak, New York Ends Religious Exemptions for Vaccines
The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.
Wide-scale vaccination campaigns have helped lift those rates. But health officials warned on Tuesday that as school begins the highly contagious disease could easily return, particularly if vaccination rates drop again.
2002). Vaccinations also protect the lives of people in the society and they have a right to this protection. Even though people argue that they have a right to decide what is good for them and their children, the rights of the whole society are important and the government has the obligation to ensure that all individuals in the society are protected from preventable diseases (Neustaedter, Randall, 2002).
The fact that New York State has the overwhelming majority of these measles cases is shameful, and we must step up to protect New Yorkers' health.
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