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FDA Chief Warns Feds May Take Action on Vaccinations

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (Olivier Douliery/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:27 PM

Scott Gottlieb, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, warned that the federal government might have to get involved if states don’t require more school children to get vaccinated, CNN reported.

Almost all states permit kids to go to school if their parents opt out of vaccines, the news network said. It also noted the exemptions are popular in Washington state, where a measles outbreak started last month.

"Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications," Gottlieb told CNN on Tuesday.

And he added: If "certain states continue down the path that they're on, I think they're going to force the hand of the federal health agencies."

Currently, 47 states permit parents to opt out of childhood vaccines for religious purposes, CNN reported. Seventeen of those states also allow parents to opt out because of personal or philosophical beliefs.

Axios noted that some states, like Washington, are considering tightening up vaccination laws.

"It's an avoidable tragedy," Gottlieb told Axios. "Too many states have lax laws."

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