NEW YORK (PIX11) – The New York City Department of Health voted unanimously to approve a bill that will mandate flu shots for all schoolchildren under the age of five.
The mandate, which goes into effect in 30 days, will require annual flu shots for children as young as six months old that attend a licensed daycare or preschool.
“Young children often pass influenza to other children and family members, who then spread the infection to others in the community. This mandate will help protect the health of young children, while reducing the spread of influenza in New York City,” the Health Department said in a statement.
Advocacy groups have been protesting the mandate, with many noting the possible link between certain vaccinations and autism.
Parents will be able to opt their children out of the vaccines for religious or medical reasons.