The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is sending out notices that they are now enforcing a 2013 regulation that requires children between the ages of 6 months and 59 months to get annual flu vaccines to attend daycare and pre-school programs regulated by the City of New York. Parents have until December 31 to vaccinate their kids, or file for a religious or medical exemption. We believe government has no business telling parents what to inject into their children's bodies, or forcing parents to defend their religious beliefs to bureaucrats to obtain an exemption from vaccine mandates. We are calling upon Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow parents to opt out of mandatory flu shots for any reason.
Before you take action on this issue, the Autism Action Network has fought for your right to decide for 13 years and we will fight New York City's flu shot regulation until it is eliminated. Please help us in this fight for your rights by donating to our one fundraiser of the year here: https://grouprev.com/autismactionnetwork2018
Please click on the Take Action link to send a message to Mayor de Blasio letting him know that New York City needs to stop dictating the vaccines our children get.
And please call Mayor de Blasio's office and politely let the staff know that parents, not bureaucrats, should decide if our children get flu shots or not.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: (212) 788-3000
Enforcement of the regulation was suspended for 3 years while a lawsuit challenging the regulation was resolved. In June the New York Court of Appeals overturned two lower court decisions and allowed the regulation to move forward. While the lawsuit may not have stopped the flu shot mandate, we haven't given up. If the City believes they have the authority to mandate shots, they also have the authority to grant exemptions from City mandates.
New Jersey and Connecticut are the only other places in the US where flu shots are mandated for pre-schoolers (or anyone else), but those states have automatic opt-outs. New York City should implement exemptions for any reason, secular or religious. Nineteen states allow exemptions for any reason, and it is the standard throughout the developed democracies.
Get more information about religious exemptions here: http://www.mykidsmychoice.com
When the City first tried to implement the flu shot mandate in 2015 many of the communications they released implied that the regulation covered all daycare and preschool programs, but only programs regulated by the City of New York are covered. Programs regulated by the New York State are exempt.
If you aren't sure if the regulations applies to a program you can find those regulated by the City (where the regulation applies) here:
State-regulated program where the regulation does not apply here:
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