Here’s why some states don’t give parents a choice about having their kids vaccinated

There are indeed legitimate religious reasons that a person might choose not to receive vaccinations. For example, many parents choose not to get their children vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons (particularly for HPV, in…

Here's why some states don't give parents a choice about having their kids vaccinated

There are indeed legitimate religious reasons that a person might choose not to receive vaccinations. For example, many parents choose not to get their children vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons (particularly for HPV, in cases of or in combination with infant tetanus, pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella), but also for religious reasons (without an agreement with their doctor as to why, such as because they see an increase in autism or other neurological disorders in some cases of immunisation), and others may not want their children vaccinated for no known medical reason. This choice is not subject to any laws in all cases, unlike decisions not to immunise for reasons not related to health risks.

Americans can now opt out of vaccination, but it can come with fines. Under the law passed in New York, parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated can face up to a $200 fine and a year in jail. But other states are finding ways to skirt those rules – with some major companies specifically refusing to cooperate with the Texas Health Department in providing data about those exemptions.

Unclear to the public is the reason for all this…

Read the full story at NYtimes.com

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