NY officials call for end to religious vaccine loopholes as measles outbreak surges

Mike Montone
May 28, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is among those calling for an end to religious exemptions for measles vaccinations.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Measles cases have now reached 940 with outbreaks in 26 states around the country.

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In New York, Bronx Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is one of the co-sponsors of a bill to end the non-medical exemption for measles vaccinations as the total number of cases approaches a level not seen since 1992.

"There are people who actually have made the decision not to vaccinate their own children when they can vaccinate them, and it's bad enough when you as a parent or guardian make that decision to endanger your own child, but when you're putting other children at risk, that's unacceptable," he said.

Dinowitz and co-sponsor State Senator Brad Holyman joined parents and immunocompromised students threatened by the measles epidemic to call for an end to religious loopholes that allow people to skip being immunized.

Measles was considered eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but outbreaks have come from travelers bringing the disease from other countries.

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