By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – Routine childhood vaccines are required to stay in school, but more and more parents are opting out for what they call personal or religious reasons.

Now, the head of the FDA says the federal government may have to step in if states don’t strengthen their vaccine laws.

Seventeen states allow families to skip vaccines for personal beliefs. Forty-seven states, including Massachusetts, allow religious exemptions.

A child gets a vaccine. (WBZ-TV photo)

As a result, we’re seeing outbreaks of potentially deadly diseases that were once eradicated, like measles. In fact, there have been at least 127 measles cases in 10 states so far this year.

In an interview with CNN, the FDA commissioner said some states have such wide exemptions that they’re putting the nation at risk.

He said the federal government could mandate rules about what can and what cannot be considered a legitimate exemption.

Dr. Mallika Marshall

Comments (3)
  1. Allen Blaine says:

    Lets get both sides of this. The government cannot force any person to inject a foreign substance into their body. That is tantamount to a tyrannical government action. The stories being put out by the news media are used to fear monger us. Go to and “the venus project foundation and look at the scientific reports on the adverse affects of vaccines and how many children have died from them and/or been mamed for life. The news media does not report these things because they have an agenda. The result of making vaccines for kids mandatory is the exodus of kids from public schools, which will hurt the schools financially. when I was a kid, I got the measles and so did all of my school friends. After 3 days the sores scab over and the virus is no longer contagious. The best part about getting the wild virus is that now you are immune for life. With the vaccine it is not for life and the vaccine also sheds and can be passed on to others. Ask a doctor if he/she can guarantee that there will be no side affects and then ask them to sign an affidavit to that effect. They will not do it. Then ask to see the insert that comes with the vaccine. Read it. All of the side effects are listed and there are at least 20 of them and guess what, one of those listed is autism. Then read the ingredients list. Do your own research, do not allow the fearmongering to make your decision.

  2. Allen Blaine says:

    One of the websites noted in the above post is not correct, it is, not