No religious exemption opt-outs to vaccinate school children in New York

NEW YORK — No more opting out of the measles vaccine for school children based on religious beliefs, after Governor Cuomo approved a new law that prioritizes public safety in the wake of the country’s most serious measles outbreak in decades.

To help curb what health officials have called a public health crisis, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to repeal the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren — amid protests and criticisms from parents of unvaccinated children who saw the measure as an assault on religious freedom.

There are 22 new measles cases last week, bringing the year’s total number of cases to 1,044: the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, when 2,126 cases were recorded.

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