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NJ pediatricians to anti-vaccine parents: Find another doctor

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy position advising pediatricians in New Jersey and across the country that they can cut ties with families who refuse to vaccinate their children.

They’re also urging states to stop parents from using religion as a reason to not have their children vaccinated. New Jersey law stipulates parents may choose to not have their children vaccinated by simply requesting a religious exemption.

State Department of Health records show 9,506 children who were not vaccinated for a religious reason attended school last year, which is 1.9 percent of the entire population of kids attending preschool, kindergarten, first and sixth grade.

Dr. Radha Krishnan, a pediatrician with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said doctors are being urged to sit down with parents and educate them about the safety of vaccinations. But if that doesn’t work and “if you as a pediatrician feel you are putting other kids at risk, then absolutely you have the right to tell the parent to please find a pediatrician who’s willing to take on your child.”