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Spurred by measles outbreaks, the FDA can make vaccines mandatory

WOODBURY –The food and drug administration can crack down on states that do not begin to require more schoolchildren to be vaccinated. Officials say the nationwide measles outbreak is most prevalent in areas with high concentrations of unvaccinated children. Dr. John Zaso, a pediatrician, says this would not be the first time federal authorities are forcing immunization. It has happened when an illness reaches epidemic proportions, causing a public health crisis. He says they include smallpox and polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 50s. Currently, 47 states allow parents to abstain from childhood vaccine for religious reasons. Of these, 1 7 states allow parents to opt out because they believe that vaccines violate their personal or philosophical beliefs. Some of these parents made their voices heard on a Facebook page called "Stop Vaccinations Now." They say they are concerned that vaccines can cause neurological problems and that "people should have choices" to vaccinate their children. Jennifer Oddo, from West Islip, says that vaccination should be parent choice, but not when there is a public health crisis involving measles or other diseases. The FDA has not yet announced a fixed plan to make vaccinations mandatory. Feds should make decisions after consulting with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local and state health departments where an outbreak has occurred.

WOODBURY –

The food and drug administration can crack down on states that do not begin to require more schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

Officials say the nationwide measles outbreak is most prevalent in areas with high concentrations of unvaccinated children.

Dr. John Zaso, a pediatrician, says this would not be the first time federal authorities are forcing immunization. It has happened when an illness reaches epidemic proportions, causing a public health crisis. He says they include smallpox and polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 50s.

Currently, 47 states allow parents to abstain from childhood vaccine for religious reasons. Of these, 1

7 states allow parents to opt out because they believe that vaccines violate their personal or philosophical beliefs.

Some of these parents made their voices heard on a Facebook page called “Stop Vaccinations Now.” They say they are concerned that vaccines can cause neurological problems and that “people should have choices” to vaccinate their children.

Jennifer Oddo, from West Islip, says that vaccination should be parent choice, but not when there is a public health crisis involving measles or other diseases.

The FDA has not yet announced a fixed plan to make vaccinations mandatory.

Feds should make decisions after consulting with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local and state health departments where an outbreak has occurred.

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