Anti-vaccine defenders received a strike in New York on Thursday as state legislators banned non-medical release on religious beliefs – and may have more beats
Also on Thursday, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to step up the fight against such non-medical exceptions. AMA, the largest group of doctors in the country and one of the largest lobbyists, always strongly supports pediatric vaccination and opposes non-medical release. But with new policy changes, the association will "actively advocate" states to eliminate all laws that allow non-medical exceptions in books.
"As evidenced by the outbreaks of measles that currently affect communities in several countries when individuals are not immunized as personal preferences or disinformation, they place themselves and others at risk of illness," a board member of the AMA E. Scott Ferguson, MD said in a statement. "AMA strongly supports efforts to eliminate non-medical immunization exemptions and we will continue to actively urge politicians to do so." The state is at the forefront of a national rebirth of measles, with active outbreaks that have suffered hundreds and collapsed in other countries.
"This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the outbreak of measles, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to put an end to this public health crisis," said New York governor Andrew Kuoom after signing the ban on religious exceptions. " While we understand and respect the freedom of religion, our first job is to protect public health and by signing this measure in the law will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outburst on its path. "
State laws, allowing parents to choose their children from the otherwise necessary vaccinations has enabled some communities and schools to drop below the necessary vaccination levels. The removal of the exceptions is aimed at stimulating vaccination, Miss and communities from dangerous diseases such. easles.
But it's not always that simple. In 2015, California eliminated the exceptions to non-medical vaccines after a large outbreak of measles related to Disneyland visitors. But in the coming years, the state saw the number of children with medical relief triple. State health officials accused bad-faith doctors who write false exceptions for anti-vaccine parents while imposing large fees.
California lawmakers are now considering a new bill that will remove these fake exceptions by giving state health officials control over all medical exceptions that doctors provide. The prominent advocates of anti-vaccines, including Robert Kennedy Jr., opposed the legislation. This week, actress Jessica Biel joined the crash on board anti-vacs. In a post at Instagram, she mistakenly suggested that additional supervision would make it hard for children who really need medical exceptions to get them.