ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York lawmakers are calling for changes to help stem the tide of measles cases, especially in New York City and Rockland County.
In Rockland county alone, 202 cases have been confirmed.
Measles has now been reported in 22 states.
Lawmakers want the legislature to remove all non-medical exemptions for children attending school in New York State in hopes of stopping diseases like measles from spreading.
If passed, there will no longer be a religious exemption form, meaning that if a child doesn’t get vaccinated, the school district will not allow them to attend.
Back in 2015, similar legislation was passed in California and has been proven to be successful.
The legislators in New York say, this is the only way to protect the health of those who can’t receive the vaccines such as infants and people with certain medical conditions.