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Appeals Court Upholds N.Y. Vaccination Rules

By Mark Walsh — January 12, 2015 1 min read
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A federal appeals court last week rejected a First Amendment challenge to New York state’s school vaccination law, saying it is well-settled that requiring vaccinations to attend school is within the “police power” of the states.

A three-judge panel upheld a state regulation that permits officials to temporarily exclude from school students who have valid medical or religious exemptions from vaccination when there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

The consolidated cases involved one mother who challenged the denial of a religious exemption for her child, while two other families that received such exemptions challenged the state rule that excluded their children from school during an outbreak of chickenpox.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 14, 2015 edition of Education Week as Appeals Court Upholds N.Y. Vaccination Rules

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