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Connections: The Fight Over Vaccine Exemptions

New York lawmakers are fighting over vaccine exemptions. A bill being pushed by a downstate Assemblyman would make New York the fourth state (after California, Mississippi, and West Virginia) to ban religious exemptions for vaccines. Only medical exemptions would be permitted by law. But earlier this year, other members of the Assembly pushed legislation that would make it easier for parents to gain exemptions for their children. We'll talk to stakeholders on all sides:

  • Patricia Finn, vaccine rights lawyer
  • Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz
  • Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, pediatric infectious disease specialist at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
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