In the last few years, many “concerned” anti-vaxxer parents are against the vaccination of their kids. However, the lawmakers in New York are working on a new law. Under this law, the teens won’t need the permission of their parents.
The refusal of anti-vaxxer parents was affecting the public health and it is vital for the government to take charge of such decisions. The new law will allow teenagers to make decisions regarding their health. Once the law is executed, the teens above fourteen years of age will be able to get vaccinated and get booster shots for diseases including mumps, tetanus, and measles.
Democratic New York Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy said,
Older teenagers, in consultation with their healthcare providers, should have the freedom to make their own decisions about whether or not to protect themselves from long-term health risks by getting vaccinated.
We're seeing a resurgence of diseases, and young people being denied opportunity, because of the failure to vaccinate. Older teens, in consultation w/healthcare providers, should have the freedom to make decisions about whether or not to protect themselves by getting vaccinated. https://t.co/aHmmnJWrzy
— Senator Liz Krueger (@LizKrueger) March 8, 2019
As per reports, 100,000 US children are not vaccinated. After the recent breakout of measles in New York, it is pertinent that vaccination against such disease is encouraged.
The effects of anti-vaccination are not only ghastly, but expensive as well. Recently, an anti-vaxxer boy’s family spent $800,000 on medical bills after he got a cut on his forehead and got infected.
Ethan Lindenberger, a teenager from Ohio, got vaccination done against his mother’s wishes. He refused to believe what he heard and did some research on the subject before he made his decision.
Certain states including, Alabama, California and Oregon have given permission to the teens to make such important decisions of their lives.