The Albany legislature has approved and Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that ends religious exemptions for vaccines in New York.
It comes amid the worst measles outbreak in decades.
"The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe. This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the measles outbreak, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to end this public health crisis," Governor Cuomo said.
The measles outbreak is most severe in parts of Brooklyn and Rockland County, especially within the Orthodox Jewish community. Some of those parents have refused to have their children vaccinated.
"While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks," Cuomo said.
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