She is for medical exemptions, and has a reason why.
Kennedy has lobbied against Senate Bill 276, a California state proposal that would restrict medical exemptions from vaccinations without approval from a state public health officer. Biel has not publicly commented on the issue of vaccinations or the state bill.
The anti-vaccine lobby has only grown more powerful as measles spreads across the U.S. Unless congressional action is taken, other vaccine-preventable diseases are likely to rise.
Jerome Kunkel, 18, sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department for banning unvaccinated students from school amid a chickenpox outbreak in March. Two months later, he has caught the contagious disease.
We need to protect the most vulnerable: babies, people with cancer, transplant recipients, and children for whom the vaccine does not confer immunity.
The bill, if passed into law, would allow minors over 14 in New York to receive vaccinations without parental approval.
America is far from the only country grappling with anti-vaxxer misinformation—and preventable diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tetanus vaccines have contributed to a 95 percent drop in the number of tetanus cases since the 1940s.
“My position is the same that it’s always been,” GOP Senator Rand Paul told Newsweek. “I’m both for vaccines and freedom. I think you can have both.”
Kyusei Shinkyo, which warns against "the hazards of using medicine to treat disease" has agreed to alter its teachings after an outbreak at one of its workshops in Japan.
"A philosophical or personal objection may not be used to exempt a child from the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine," Washington State House Bill 1638 reads.
The same Russian trolls who attempted to provoke racial tensions and influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were also responsible for spreading propaganda against vaccinations.
Iowa's Senate approved a bill that would allow vaccination exemptions for philosophical beliefs.
Last year, the U.S. saw the second-highest rates of measles since the disease was eliminated in 2000, partly due to parents not getting their children immunized.
“It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunized,“ the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author argued.
Researchers analyzed posts on popular anti-vaccine Facebook pages.