Annual flu shots for pre-school and daycare would become mandatory in New York State if Assembly Bill A1230a and Senate Bill S6346 are passed. These bills, introduced by Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) and State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Westside of Manhattan) replicate statewide an existing regulation imposed in the five boros by the New York City Board of Health, New York City just began enforcing the regulation following years of court challenges. The flu shot is rarely effective, even by the minimal standards of the vaccine industry, especially in children under two. There is certainly no compelling evidence that this assault on parents' rights is necessary for public health reasons.
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The election is coming up so take note: Assembly Bill A1230a is co-sponsored by Anthony D'Urso (D-Great Neck), Al Taylor (D-Washington Heights), Diana Richardson (D-Crown Heights), and Dan Quart (D-Midtown East). The Senate Bill S6346 is co-sponsored by Liz Krueger (D-Upper Eastside).
Flu shots are not recommended for children in the vast majority of developed democracies. And only two states, New Jersey and Connecticut, require flu shots for pre-schoolers. New Jersey, however, allows an automatic exemption upon presenting a letter, and Connecticut offers an automatic exemption by filling out a form. In New York, and many other school districts around the state, obtaining an exemption is extremely difficult.
Some flu shots in the US (approximately 20%) are still made using thimerosal, an obsolete preservative based on toxic mercury, that is banned in most of the world, but not the US. New York banned the use of thimerosal in 2008 in shots given to pregnant women and children under three, yet the Cuomo administration illegally suspended the law for several years. An internal CDC study showed 700% more autism among children who received thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy. And studies have shown significantly higher autism among children whose mothers received pre-natal flu shots in the first trimester.
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