VAccines

New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care.

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A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

Karen DeWitt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of measles cases has grown to over 700 and is the worst outbreak in decades.


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A freshman state lawmaker from Western New York is co-sponsoring legislation to remove a vaccine exemption. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked Assemblyman Pat Burke about why he’s supporting the bill that calls for a change in the law.  

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A state Supreme Court judge on Friday ruled two teenage students cannot attend Orchard Park schools without updated vaccines.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is using the nationwide shingles vaccine shortage as another example of why the federal government needs to get back to work. He spoke at a New York pharmacy to demonstrate the extent of the shutdown, which is now nearly a month old.

Elizabeth Miller

The New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobbying and trade organization has released its annual list of budget priorities.

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A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Feb 10, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Feb 6, 2015
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With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

Oct 14, 2014
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.


Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

Apr 29, 2014
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The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein confirms that reports of flu cases are on the rise.