Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight

Actress Jessica Biel supporting prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr in effort to protect non-medical vaccine exemptions.

Enlarge / Actress Jessica
Biel supporting prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr in
effort to protect non-medical vaccine exemptions. (credit: Instragram)

Anti-vaccine advocates received a blow in New York Thursday as
state lawmakers banned non-medical exemptions based on religious
beliefs—and there may be more blows coming.

]Also on Thursday, the American Medical Association adopted a
new policy to step up its fight against such non-medical
exemptions. The AMA, the country’s largest physicians’ group
and one of the largest spenders on lobbying, has always strongly
support pediatric vaccination and opposed non-medical exemptions.
But under the new policy changes, the association will now
“actively advocate” for states to eliminate any laws that allow
for non-medical exemptions on the books.

“As evident from the measles outbreaks currently impacting
communities in several states, when individuals are not immunized
as a matter of personal preference or misinformation, they put
themselves and others at risk of disease,” AMA Board Member E.
Scott Ferguson, M.D. said in a statement. “The AMA strongly
supports efforts to eliminate non-medical exemptions from
immunization, and we will continue to actively urge policymakers to
do so.”

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Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight