Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Public School Vaccination Rule

A New York requirement that all children attending public school be vaccinated has been upheld by a federal court.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a regulation by New York City health and education officials. The rule was being challenged on grounds that the law was discriminatory and that its local applications violated freedom of religion.

The court also upheld a regulation that allows school officials to prevent non-immunized children from going to school during an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The state statute was being challenged by three New York City plaintiffs, who filed against the state Department of Health, the city of New York and the New York City Department of Education, according to the Wall Street Journal.