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2020 presidential contender Marianne Williamson called vaccine mandates “draconian,” and no different than the abortion debates

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said during an event in New Hampshire that vaccination mandates are "draconian" and "Orwelian."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak in parts of Brooklyn, New York City, on April 9, 2019.

New York is eliminating religious exemptions for vaccines. Here’s a full state-by-state guide to vaccine exemptions in the US.

Across the US, 17 states offer philosophical exemptions for vaccinations. Here’s how the rest of the country compares.
A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington.

From smallpox to rubella, here are 6 infectious diseases you can avoid thanks to vaccines

Polio, rubella, diphtheria, measles, and smallpox and are among the diseases that vaccines have helped to eliminate in the US.
A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet is seen at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston.

There have already been more US measles cases in 2019 than any year since 1994, as the growing epidemic shows no sign of stopping

The CDC recorded 971 measles cases from January 1 to May 30, 2019, beating the previously record of 963 cases in 1994.
Doctor giving a vaccine to a patient

The anti-vaxx movement is fueling the measles epidemic by deliberately targeting communities most affected by the disease

Hundreds of people, mostly ultra-Othodox Jews, gathered at a rally in New York last week to listen as speakers ticked off false claims about vaccines.
A map showing the 9 counties in the US that face the highest risk of a measles outbreak in 2019, according to researchers.

These are the places in the US most likely to get hit by a measles outbreak

A paper published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases identifies Cook County, Illinois, as the most at risk, followed by Los Angeles County.
A child is vaccinated for measles and mumps.

77% of Americans believe kids should be vaccinated against measles even if their parents object, poll shows

The news comes amid what public health experts call a "completely avoidable" outbreak of 764 measles cases recorded in the United States this year.
The measles virus.

Despite proposed fines for anti-vaxxers in Germany and New York, vaccine exemption bills may be on the rise

Germany and New York recently introduced bills to fine people who fail to vaccinate. But policies that let people forgo vaccinations may be on the rise.
Children are especially at risk for measles, a highly infectious disease that can be deadly if left untreated.

If you’re an anti-vaxxer, you have ‘blood on your hands,’ according to the UK’s healthcare secretary

UK health secretary Matt Hancock told The Times that anti-vaxxers "have blood on their hands" and that he won't rule out compulsory vaccinations.