This city banned unvaccinated children from school

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s boss, Tom Frieden, has lashed out at critics of the imminent phased implementation of a New York City public health measure requiring vaccinations for school-age children. “If…

This city banned unvaccinated children from school

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s boss, Tom Frieden, has lashed out at critics of the imminent phased implementation of a New York City public health measure requiring vaccinations for school-age children. “If you don’t think that people with autism are a legitimate community, then you have no right to legislate on behalf of everybody else,” said Frieden. New York state Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents parts of Manhattan, especially the liberal Chelsea neighbourhood, argued that the new rule is a well-meaning attempt to keep a growing population of unvaccinated children from becoming the “New Orleans of vaccines.” “Vaccines don’t cause autism,” said Rosenthal. “[They] won’t cure it. … And they don’t stop it.” Rosenthal believes that a healthy microbiome, not a family’s personal or financial situation, should dictate how young children are vaccinated. The Huffington Post’s Andrew Katz argued that a person’s vaccination history should not determine whether or not a child can start kindergarten. “While we must acknowledge the serious risks of not immunizing against flu and other illnesses, it’s worth remembering that the academic and occupational progress of this same child could be determined by her personal and family financial situation and best interest,” Katz wrote. “Shooting down public policy that encourages children to get vaccinated simply because they aren’t childhood immunised or possibly because of genes or environmental exposure isn’t a compassionate action.”

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