Most New Yorkers want kids vaccinated
Mar 18, 2019 1:45 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for Capitol Confidential more than 75 percent of New Yorkers believe children should be vaccinated for certain diseases as a requirement to attend public schools, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll. Support for the vaccine requirement is pretty the same across political parties, gender, geography, race, age, income and religion. At present, New York allows parents to opt out of vaccinations for religious and medical reasons, and a growing number of parents are foregoing immunizations for their children due to medical misinformation proliferated on social media. That information repeats widely debunked studies that once linked vaccines with autism. New York is currently in the midst of one of its largest measles outbreaks in decades due to vaccine hesitancy, with more than 200 cases reported so far. Legislation was introduced earlier this month that would allow children as young as 14 to get vaccinated without a parent's consent. Only seven states and the District of Columbia currently allow minors to receive vaccinations when their parents refuse. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.