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Connections: The Fight Over Vaccine Exemptions

Aug 6, 2015

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