Outbreaks of measles throughout the country encourage state legislators to consider removing vaccine exclusions for religious and personal beliefs that parents of some children claimed.
Health experts and officials blame exceptions as one of the reasons why states
"What you see as religious choices can have negative health effects for other members of your community and society, "said Pat Burke, a Democrat in New York. eliminate the religious liberation of the state.
Laws that allow parents to refuse vaccinations were created by states that are trying to achieve a delicate balance between religious freedom, personal choice and health of the population.
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"This goes beyond religious freedom," Burke said.
Each state requires that students be vaccinated to enroll in the school, and all states allow exceptions for children who are too ill to receive a vaccine or who have a weakened immune system.
Most states also allow exceptions for religious reasons, and 17 states, including Washington and Texas, allow release for both religious and personal or philosophical beliefs, reports the National Conference of National Legislators. Both Washington and Texas saw outbreaks of measles this year
Legislators in Iowa, New Jersey and Vermont, who are already banning personal or philosophical exceptions, are now discussing proposals for the elimination of religious dismissals. Offers in the state of Maine and Oregon eliminate both exceptions, while measures in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington, where this year there are 66 confirmed cases of measles, only eliminate personal exemptions and leave religious privileges in place.
All major medical and medical organizations are opposed to religious and personal privileges and for many years have pushed state legislators to eliminate them.
"Protecting the health of our communities requires not allowing people to give up immunization only as a matter of convenience or misinformation," said Dr. Hillary McAnni, President of the American Medical Association's Hihla Statement
"So we We call on politicians to eliminate non-medical immunization exceptions and call on all children and adults to be immunized if there is no medical risk. "
In countries with wider vaccination laws, non-medical exclusions have grown in popularity of the Year as misinformation about the risk of the vaccine is spreading. I'm on the Internet, "said Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, who opposes religious and personal or philosophical exemptions from vaccines.
– for the outbreak of the cortex," said Cullen. "
" We lose sight of how bad these epidemics are, because we now have a generation that has never experienced this. "
Proponents of vaccine exclusion argue that parents should be able to make their own decisions about the health of their children
. "We believe that the abolition of vaccination laws for personal liberation from faith is a violation of human rights, including freedom of thought, conscience and religious beliefs," said Barbara Lo Fischer, co-founder and president of the National Center for Vaccine Information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider the MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, "very safe" and effective, and it is recommended by each major medical association.
is an area where it is important to have peer-reviewed scientific evidence. It does not exist for the anti-voxed movement, "he said.
According to the CDC, the average exemption rate for kindergartens in the 2017-2018 academic year was 2.2%, marking the third academic year in a row, with a slight increase. The CDC says it is difficult to understand why, but suggested that it could be related to how easy it is to get a release and parent hesitation on vaccines.
But state legislators may find it difficult to take action on such a politically controversial and sensitive issue. In 2018, 17 outbreaks of measles in the United States were detected, according to the CDC, with a total of 372 confirmed cases.
But this is not enough to push for changes to state legislatures: no state has been able to take measures that eliminate or limit exceptions, according to the National Infectious Disease Information Center, which opposes such proposals.
Some states have actually proposed legislation this year, extending exceptions: Arizona, Iowa, Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
So far, in 2019, six outbreaks have been conducted in four states: New York, Illinois, Texas and Washington, according to the CDC. The CDC defines how to flash as three or more cases in one state.
CDC says flashes are mostly related to unvaccinated travelers who return corpses in the United States from other countries, such as Israel and Ukraine, where there are major outbreaks. 19659002] Outbreaks can occur in communities where there is not enough high percentage of people who have been vaccinated.
Described as "herd immunity" by public health experts, at least 94 percent of the community should be vaccinated against measles to prevent the spread of the disease. The immunity of the herd protects those who have a weakened immune system, infants who can not be vaccinated, or those who are too ill to get vaccinations.
But, as more and more parents are demanding release from the vaccine, experts say that the disease is spreading more often.
"Some states are involved with such great exceptions that they create an opportunity for flares on a national scale," said Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Commissar. certain states are continuing the way they go, I think that they will force the federal health authorities to ". .