NY State Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Let Teens Get Vaccinated Without Parental Approval

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Several New York state lawmakers have introduced a measure that would let minors under 21 receive vaccinations without parental consent, a move that comes as concerns grow about measles outbreaks in several states, including New York, New Jersey and Washington.

The bill, which is being sponsored in both chambers of the New York legislature, would allow any child 14 years or older to receive vaccinations or booster shots for a variety of diseases, including mumps and measles.

Several states have already passed similar bills.

The bill comes amid multiple outbreaks of measles in New York, including 145 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County and 100 cases in Brooklyn.

According to the New York Times, a majority of those cases involve people under the age of 18 who did not receive vaccinations for measles, mumps or rubella. 

Most U.S. states permit parents to claim religious exemptions to vaccination requirements. New York state lawmakers have introduced a bill to eliminate that exemption. However, it remains unclear if it will receive a vote, the Times reported.

 

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