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Religious Exemptions For Vaccines No Longer Allowed In New York

The state of New York has passed a bill banning parents for claiming religious beliefs to opt their children out of receiving required vaccinations. The mandate was introduced as a response to the measles outbreak across the United States.

Public Health

US To Lose Measles Elimination Status If Outbreak Continues Until October 2019

The CDC warned that the United States may lose its measles elimination status if the current outbreak is not contained by October. The country already has 981 confirmed cases of infection in the first five months of 2019.

Public Health June 4, 2019

Maine Becomes 4th US State To End Religious, Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions

Governor Janet Mills has signed a bill formally lifting all non-medical exemptions to immunization in the state of Maine. Residents will have to secure a written statement from healthcare professionals if they wish to secure an exemption.

Public Health May 28, 2019

Health Officials Proposing 'No-Fly' Measures To Prevent Spread Of Measles

Eight individuals who might be infected with measles have been warned that they might be placed on the CDC's Do Not Board List. The measure was adopted to prevent people who are contagious from traveling on a plane.

Public Health May 27, 2019

Twitter Adds New Features Aimed At Curbing Anti-Vaxer Activity

Twitter joined Facebook and YouTube in the fight against the spread of misinformation online. The social media platform has announced a new tool that will prevent users from encountering anti-vaccine content.

Public Health May 17, 2019

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Family Accuses Him Of Spreading Dangerous Vaccine Misinformation

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s siblings and niece call him out for his anti-vaccination views in an an op-ed piece. The three Kennedy family members stress how dangerous this way of thinking is, calling Kennedy Jr. an ‘outlier’ in the family.

Public Health May 10, 2019

German Health Minister Jens Spahn Proposes Steep Fines If Children Don't Get Measles Vaccination

A health official in Germany proposed fines for parents who will not vaccinate their children against measles. This proposal came amid a highly charged debate on whether measles vaccination should be mandatory or not.

May 6, 2019

Moviegoers Watching Midnight Screening Of 'Avengers: Endgame' May Have Been Exposed To Measles

A woman might have exposed movie fans to measles at a screening of 'Avengers: Endgame' in Orange County, California on Thursday. The authorities advised those who were at the cinema to look out for symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Even Infants As Young As 6 Months Old Are Urged To Get Measles Vaccination In Wake Of Outbreak

The measles count in the United States is the highest its been in 25 years. With the surge of sick children and adults in the country, even babies in at-risk places are encouraged to get their vaccinations early.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Scientology Cruise Ship 'Freewinds' Quarantined Over Confirmed Case Of Measles On Board

Only one case of measles is confirmed but it is possible other people on board the vessel have been exposed to the disease. Passengers and crew members of the cruise ship have been quarantined.

Public Health May 2, 2019

New Bill May Soon Require Doctors To Treat Unvaccinated Children

A doctor examining a young patient. A new bill in Pennsylvania will prohibit doctors from scolding, harassing, coercing parents of patients to vaccinate their children. They also would not be allowed to deny care for sick unvaccinated patients.

Public Health May 1, 2019

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Site Wants To Ban Anti-Vaxx Fundraising Campaigns

Anti-vaccination campaigns have spread worldwide, with the misinformation causing more and more parents to hesitate vaccinating their children. Indiegogo has joined other companies in making a stand against anti-vaccination.

Public Health April 30, 2019

President Trump Urges Americans To Get Measles Vaccine As Cases Of Disease Hit Highest Level Since 2000

Amid the rising cases of measles in the United States, President Donald Trump has urged Americans to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the disease. The cases of measles have hit an all-time high since 2000.

Public Health April 28, 2019

New Washington Bill Seeks To Limit Exemptions To Measles Vaccination

Lawmakers voted to limit non-medical vaccine exemptions in Washington state as the country continues to see a rise in new cases of measles. Parents are no longer allowed to opt out of vaccinating their children for personal or philosophical reasons.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Four More New York Schools Close Amid Measles Outbreak, Emergency Order On Vaccination Still In Place

New York schools are being ordered to close down as a result of the on-going measles outbreak. Since October, over 300 measles cases have been recorded.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Vaccinated Adults May Still Get Measles: Find Out If You Need Another Jab

The steady rise of measles cases prompts urgent vaccination to help prevent the spread of the disease. Even adults who have received measles vaccine as kids may consider getting reimmunization.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Google's Silicon Valley Employees Exposed To Measles After Visit Of Sick Individual

Silicon Valley employees were put at risk of measles after a Google visitor was found diagnosed with the disease. The public health department urged the public to get vaccinated.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Flight Attendant Who Works For Israel Airline El Al In Coma After Getting Measles

A woman who contracted measles has slipped into a coma after developing encephalitis. Health officials believe that she was vaccinated, but with just a single dose rather than the recommended two doses.

Public Health April 18, 2019

NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot Warns About 'Measles Party': Why Deliberate Exposure To Infectious Disease Is Dangerous

In New York City, where the measles outbreak has been wreaking havoc, parents are holding 'measles parties' to help their unvaccinated children contract the disease. Here's why purposefully exposing young people to measles is a bad idea.

Public Health April 14, 2019

US Measles Hit Second Highest Level Since Disease Was Eliminated In 2000

It's only April and 2019 is already the United States' second-worst year for measles in nearly 20 years. With 387 cases in 15 states, the country marks the second-highest number since the disease was eradicated in 2000.

Public Health April 2, 2019

Measles Outbreak: New York County Declares State of Emergency, Bans Unvaccinated Minors In Public

Rockland county declares a state of emergency as a response to the longest measles outbreak in the United States since the disease was eradicated in 2000. As of writing, there are 153 confirmed cases of measles in the county.

Public Health March 27, 2019

Traveler With Measles Exposed Santa Clara County Residents To Virus: Here Are The Places He Visited

The unnamed traveler was infectious when he visited 20 places in Santa Clara County between March 16 and 23. The health department warned unvaccinated individuals to watch out for symptoms.

Public Health March 26, 2019

Massimiliano Fedriga, Politician Who Opposed Italy's Mandatory Vaccination Rules, Hospitalized After Contracting Chickenpox

An anti-vaxx political leader in Italy was given a taste of his own medicine. Massimiliano Fedriga has contracted chickenpox as Italy schools start sending unvaccinated children home.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Anti-Vax Parents Want Kids Back In School But Judge Disagrees

A federal judge refused the appeal of parents to allow their unvaccinated children back to school in Rockland County. The decision was a response to the current measles outbreak, which has already reached 147 confirmed cases.

Public Health March 15, 2019

Bill Aims To Allow Minors To Receive Vaccinations Without Parental Consent

New York legislators passed a bill to allow minors to get vaccines even without their parents' consent. The proposed law came after an unprecedented number of recent measles outbreaks in the state erupted.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Orthodox Jews In New York Hit With The Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades, And Here’s Why

New York had the highest cases of measles since October 2018 due to lack of herd immunity. Public health officials said that most of the infected individuals are from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Health Officials Warn LAX Travelers Of Possible Measles Exposure

A passenger who tested positive for measles had a layover at LAX on Feb. 21. Public health officials warned those who were in the area last month might have been exposed to the contagious disease.

Public Health March 13, 2019

Son Of Anti-Vaxers Shares Message About Vaccination After Getting Sick From Measles

A man who almost died after contracting measles spoke about his experience with the disease amid the current outbreak. He was not vaccinated as a kid because his parents believe the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxer communities.

Public Health March 9, 2019

At Least 20 US States Propose Anti-Vaccination Bills Amid Measles Outbreaks

A number of states have introduced bills that will make it easier for parents to avoid vaccination for their children. This comes in the wake of a measles outbreak in the country that has already affected 11 states.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Wisconsin Man Jeffery Murawski Criminally Charged For Breaking Measles Quarantine To Go To Gym

Jeffery Murawski was supposed to be under quarantine in his home but decided to go to the gym to work out. He was unfortunately spotted by off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Teen Who Got Vaccinated Behind Parents' Backs To Speak Before Congress

Ethan Linderberger will speak in front of the Senate to talk about his decision to get vaccinated despite his parents' anti-vaccine beliefs. He will make an appearance during a hearing on the reappearance of preventable diseases in the United States.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 4, 2019

Adults Who Had Measles Vaccination As Kids May No Longer Be Protected From Viral Disease

Some adults who received their measles vaccine as a kid may need to get another shot to be protected from the viral disease. These are the individuals who need revaccination.

Public Health March 2, 2019

South Carolina Pediatrician Marc Bahan Explains Why CPG Pediatrics Turns Away Unvaccinated Patients Amid Measles Outbreak

CPG Pediatrics in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has a new policy to refuse treating patients who were not vaccinated. Here's why this is necessary, according to pediatrician Marc Bahan.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Unvaccinated French Tourist May Have Reinstroduced Measles To Costa Rica

A boy from France who arrived in Costa Rica with his family earlier this month may have reintroduced measles to the country. The 5-year-old has not received the measles vaccine.

Public Health February 26, 2019

State Sanctioned Vaccine Exemptions Could Force Federal Hands To Move, Says FDA Chief

The FDA might take action if the states continue to allow parents to not vaccinate children despite the declaration of measles outbreaks in five states. There are currently 17 states that allow vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons.

Public Health February 21, 2019

Hundreds Join Antivax Rally In Washington Following Measles Outbreak

Parents and guardians marched down to Washington to oppose a bill that will require measles vaccination for students in public school. The bill is a response to an ongoing measles outbreak in the state.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Measles Cases Confirmed In New York And Oregon

Two cases of measles were recently confirmed by authorities, one on New York and another in Oregon. The case in New York involves an unvaccinated child.

Public Health January 5, 2019

Travelers Who Went Through Newark Airport On Christmas Eve Possibly Exposed To Measles

People who were at Newark Liberty International Airport might have been exposed to measles from a passenger who was ill. It is unrelated to the ongoing measles outbreak at Ocean County.

Public Health December 29, 2018

Low Trust On Vaccines Puts More Children At Risk In The Philippines

At least 18 deaths were confirmed to be related to the measles outbreak in the southern Philippines. The lowering rates of vaccine coverage worldwide is alarming, but health experts said it is not surprising.

Public Health December 5, 2018

Measles Cases Increase By 31 Percent In 2017, Parents Partly To Blame

In 2017, 173,330 cases of measles were recorded, a 31-percent increase from 2016. Health organizations partially pointed at parental neglect as a reason for the uptick.

Public Health November 30, 2018

CDC Says Number Of Unvaccinated Children Growing Alarmingly

A new report from the CDC revealed that more young children have not received their recommended vaccines. In the past year, an estimated 100,000 children have no vaccines at all to protect them from 14 preventable but deadly diseases.

Public Health October 13, 2018

Boston Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure In Restaurant And Airport

People who passed Logan Airport and went to a restaurant in Boston in mid-July may have been exposed to the measles virus. The United States technically eradicated measles in 2000, but the virus still gets into the country.

Public Health July 29, 2018

Child Visiting US May Have Spread Measles: These Are The Public Places The Youngster Visited

A visiting foreign minor was confirmed to have contracted measles during a stay with the host family in Snohomish County in Washington state. Local health officials released the list of public places visited by the sick child.

Public Health July 9, 2018

Measles Patient May Have Exposed Virus To People At Dulles International Airport And Other Areas

A measles patient may have exposed Dullus International Airport and Montgomery County individuals to the virus in mid-May. Most cases of measles in the United States originate from unvaccinated international travelers.

Public Health May 25, 2018

New Jersey Authorities Confirm Travel-Related Measles Cases: What's The Threat?

Measles complications can go from diarrhea to pneumonia and brain swelling. Though children below five years old and adults older than 20 years old are most at risk of such complications, measles can be severe for all ages.

Public Health May 13, 2018

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