Unvaccinated Kids In Mass. Can Seek Immunization Without Parental Permission

BOSTON (CBS) — More than 40 cases of measles, most in children under 10, have been reported in Washington State, largely because parents are not getting their kids vaccinated. Now unvaccinated children themselves are asking how they can get their shots without their parents’ consent. Measles was essentially eliminated back in 2000 yet, last year, we saw the second highest rate of measles cases since that time. According to an article in Newsweek, unvaccinated teens who are worried that they might get sick are turning to the internet to seek advice on how to get immunized and how to prove to their so-called “anti-vaxxer” parents that vaccines are safe. According to Vaxopedia, there are some states that might allow “mature minors” to consent to vaccines without their parents’ permission, including Massachusetts and Maine. Fortunately here in the Commonwealth, we have a high vaccination rate, with the exception of a few areas like parts of Western Massachusetts, the Cape, and the Islands.
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BOSTON (CBS) — The Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning the public that a child recently diagnosed with the measles may have exposed others in multiple public locations. Anyone who visited the following locations who are not sure if they are immune to the disease should contact their health care provider: The Weymouth Club on Finnell Drive in Weymouth on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jack ‘n’ Jill Childcare at Marina Bay on Victory Road in North Quincy on May 21 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Star Market on Granite Avenue in Quincy on May 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m...
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The measles outbreaks may be a wake-up call to reinvigorate vaccination campaigns.
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(AUGUSTA, Maine) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising. “As we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities,” said Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, the bill’s sponsor. Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 f...
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Public health chiefs have urged any eligible  people to be vaccinated against measles after 231 confirmed cases were recorded in England in the first quarter of 2019.
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(Florida Atlantic University) A commentary by researchers addresses the specter of clinical, ethical, public health and legal concerns that have been raised because of the recent measles outbreaks in New York. So far, the outbreaks seem to have emanated from ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents whose affected children were never vaccinated. Their commentary is motivated in part by the availability of important and relevant data from a small case series of interviews conducted with ultra-Orthodox Jewish mothers in Williamsburg and Rockland counties.
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KEENE, N.H. (CBS) – A child in New Hampshire who was initially diagnosed with the measles last week actually had a reaction to the vaccine and is not infected with the virus, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. The department released a statement Sunday warning the public that a child had been diagnosed with infectious measles and had been at three locations in Keene. But further lab tests revealed that this was not an infection but rather a reaction to the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, which is made using a weakened version of the virus to build up a person’s immun...
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