ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB, WTEN video) — As lawyers from the state and Children’s Health Defense argue the issue of vaccinations before a judge in Albany, parents against mandatory shots rallied outside.
Parents challenging the change in court said it will keep 26,000 children out of school and daycare.
With the school year about to begin, New York state requires all students be vaccinated against measles and other diseases, but until recently made an exception for those whose parents objected on religious grounds.
Lawmakers did away with the non-medical exemptions in June following the biggest measles outbreak in more than 25 years. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in New York, the majority of them in New York City.