School District Nurse Kathy Ward talks health with an Everett Middle School student. 2011, Whooping Cough vaccinations.

The New York Times writes that a federal judge upheld a New York City policy that bars un-immunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.

“Disease is pestilence,” Ms. Check said, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”

In turning down all three families, Judge Kuntz cited a 1905 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a $5 fine for a Massachusetts man who disobeyed an order to be vaccinated during a smallpox outbreak, a case that helped establish the government’s right to require immunizations as a matter of public health.

Ms. Finn, the families’ lawyer, said that case should not be relevant. “There’s no way that court anticipated that children would be subjected” to the vaccines they must get today, she said. To read more click here.

John Stewart recently ran a segment on parents who decline to vaccinate their children.

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