New York City Health Department Blatantly Breaks the Law, Denies Valid, Legal No-Vax Medical Exemptions

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

There is a growing movement afoot across the United States to remove the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children or even delay them through an alternative vaccination schedule as determined by their pediatrician.

The misguided reason?

That the miniscule number of parents who choose to delay vaccines or not vaccinate at all is somehow “endangering” fully vaccinated children. This despite evidence of dramatically declining vaccine efficacy since the mid 1990’s and covered up by vaccine manufacturers (currently being played out in the courts via class action lawsuits) and a populace where at least 50% hasn’t had a booster shot for measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), polio etc. in decades.

With vaccine-induced immunity lasting only 2 to 10 years at most, this translates into at least half the population, that is the baby boomers and early Generation X’ers, having no vaccine-induced immunity against any of the diseases for which they had been vaccinated as children and young adults. In essence, 50% or even more of the population has been unprotected for decades.

So much for herd immunity – the Holy Grail of vaccination advocates who insist upon the idea that 95% (and some now say 100%) of the population must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic. The truth is that we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having any vaccine protection whatsoever.

Nowhere is this medical fascism more oppressive than New York City, where since 2012, the ability of parents to utilize valid medical exemptions to gain entry for immuno-compromised children into the public school system has been brought to a virtual standstill with denial of religious exemptions not far behind.

The denial of valid medical exemptions was initiated when the New York City Health Department arbitrarily decided that 98.8% of children must be fully immunized per school building. That translates to capping religious and medical exemptions at 1.2% and denying any exemptions beyond that level even if legitimate and legal.

New York City has proven heavy-handed in enforcement of the 98.8% goal (perhaps a Nanny Bloomberg dictate?), breaking the law in a variety of ways – denying parents waivers for valid medical and religious exemptions, due process, translators, first amendment freedoms and the list goes on according to New York City parent advocate Rita Palma of

To illustrate the severity of the situation, I am publishing two documents below.  The first document is a warning letter from the New York City Department of Health to a school principal that stresses the need for the school to achieve 98.8% compliance or else.

As the 2012-2013 school year resumes, I wanted to provide you with an update on our progress  towards  achieving this  year’s  goal  of  assuring  that  at  least  98.8%  of  New  York  City’s  school  children are appropriately immunized.  New York State Public Health Law (PHL) §2164 mandates that all children, with the exception of those with a valid medical or religious exemption, meet the immunization requirements in order to attend school.  As of November 8, 2012, 94.96% of New York City public school children are completely immunized based on the current requirements.  This is the highest compliance level we have ever reached this early in the school year.

School immunization data will be reviewed again on December 10, 2012. At that time principals of those schools failing to demonstrate significant progress toward the 98.8% goal will receive a “Second Warning Letter”, an indication that they are in violation of New York State Law.

As a reminder, school principals are accountable for their school’s compliance ….

What is a principal to do if more than 1.2% of the students at the school have valid religious or medical exemptions?

Why deny some exemptions of course even if they are perfectly legal and valid. This is exactly what is happening as shown by the second document below – a notarized affidavit from a pediatrician stating that one of his patients should not be immunized for any reason due to her severely compromised immune system resulting from the following conditions: gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), GERD, failure to thrive, chronic yeast infections, environmental/respiratory allergies, food dye sensitivities/reactions, metal sensitivities/reactions, fatigue syndrome, and elevated homocysteine enteritis.

The affidavit from the pediatrician went on to state that the child had experienced adverse reactions to vaccinations in the past and that to vaccinate this child further would not only be detrimental to her health but threaten her very life.

Despite the detail of the severity of this child’s health situation and the sworn affidavit going far and beyond the letter of the law, this medical exemption was outrageously denied by the New York Health Department.

That’s right.  Government bureaucrats now think they know better than your family Pediatrician what’s good for your child. Sounds like the health insurance paper pushers deciding what medical procedures will and won’t be covered despite the recommendations of your physician, doesn’t it?

What to do for New York City parents who seek or have already been denied a valid medical or religious exemption? There’s always private school or homeschooling, but if this isn’t an option for you, visit Rita Palma’s No Shots, No School, Not Quite blog to find out how to navigate the increasingly murky waters of a New York Health Department that has clearly lost it’s way by denying basic Constitutional and human freedoms to the communities it is supposed to serve.

Warning Letter to New York City Principal 

Warning letter from NYC Dept of Health to School Principal

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician Denied by New York City Health Department

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrican

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician page 2

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician page 3Picture Credit


Comments (64)

  1. Thank you, Sarah, for exposing this HUGE violation of Parental and Constitutional Rights. Parents, Doctors and even Principals must stand up to this tyranny and attacks and protect our most precious and vulnerable children !

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  3. Amy Duncan via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    They need to be forcing those ignorant jerks to vaccinate! No one is jabbing my kid’s with that poison!

  4. I’ve been making this point for years – our elderly are not dropping like flies, and many of them were NEVER vaccinated. The vaccine establishment is slowly crumbling.

  5. Sandy Broadwater Colea via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I was nervous about jumping through the hoops here in MD when my previously homeschooled daughter into our local public school after speaking to the nurses assistant who seemed as if my exemption was going to be an issue.
    I spoke with my daughter’s pediatrician (whom we chose due to his awesome understanding of all things alternative) and he assured me my exemption was perfectly within the legal limits (we are in MD) but indicated that I had to be prepared to be aggressive where I knew the law was in my side. When I actually turned in my form I saw the nurse not the assistant. She took my signed exemption, told me everything was I order and the only issue would be should an outbreak occur I would get a call asking me if I would like the option to have her vaccinated at that time. Happy ending for me but odd that even with the law and a certified pediatriacian on my side I still faced issues.

  6. Jamie Lynn via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Such a liberal nanny state. It is disgusting. I can’t say I’m surprised though. NYC wants to control everything you put into your body.

  7. Judy Converse via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    BTW colorado (where I live)has recently been targeted for harsher vaccine laws and less exemption because we have the lowest MMR vaccine compliance rate for kindergarteners in all 50 states ( somewhere around 85%). We also have one of the lower prevalence rates of autism in US.

  8. Judy Converse via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I often encounter these “something funny going on” moments with vaccine choice content that I share on my business twitter and FB accounts. Frustrating, glad you could share this here

  9. Suzanne Tillman via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    The health dept letter states in the first paragraph that the compliance rate goal excludes those with a valid medical or religious exemption. That means the 98.8% compliance rate goal is for the school population without an exemption. Sounds like you are seeing a problem where there isn’t one.

  10. Asinine! I’d move….I mean, I know that isn’t a real option for most people, as homeschooling isn’t either for families with 2 income HH, and obviously not the solution here, but this is some scary $%*^@! So wrong on so many levels and for so many reasons.

  11. Raven Arlowe via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Medical exemptions are actually denied more often than religious. I’m surprised that my son’s medical exemption hasn’t been questioned yet.

  12. Liz Lightfoot via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    In this day and age where bullying is forbidden, what exactly is this doing to the parents???? Outragous,and sadly enough it will spread to other states. The government continues to prey on fears of parents!!! Jerks DO NOT KNOW BETTER than a childs parent AND pediatrician!

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  14. 1: “With vaccine-induced immunity lasting only 2 to 10 years at most” What vaccine are talking about? Polio doesn’t need a booster. MMR is lifelong. This seems like an error.

    2. Why don’t we see Polio in the US anymore?

    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      No vaccine produces lifelong immunity. At Ohio State University currently, it is being recommended that the entire community receive 2 MMR shots to “contain” the mumps outbreak there.

          • “Routine childhood immunizations didn’t include two doses of the measles vaccine until 1996, but we know now that one dose is not always enough to protect against measles infection.” This is from the article you just posted. Is it possible that those born after 1996 do have life long protection as they received a booster vaccine?

          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

            Anything is possible .. but given that they are adding additional shots for children and boosters for adults as time goes on, I highly doubt it. Vaccines are never and will never be the “protection” that the vaccine manufacturers tout them to be else companies like Merck wouldn’t have to fudge the testing and data of their effectiveness to maintain FDA approval. Class action lawsuits are currently in process with regard to this unethical behavior to maintain their marketshare.

        • See:, which clearly refutes that claim that the disease protection provided by two doses of the MMR vaccine lasts for a “lifetime” UNLESS you ONLY count those children who died from the adverse effects they suffered from the vaccination session in which an MMR vaccine was administered.

          For another rebuttal to your unsupported assertion about measles, please see

          As to the problematic nature of the mumps component of the MMR vaccine, perhaps, after reading the “qui tam” lawsuit filed against Merck for falsifying the “efficacy” of the mumps component to the federal government, you will have some understanding of the reality that the mumps vaccine probably provides little to no protection from circulating mumps strains (see Stephen A. Krahling and Joan A. Wiochowski V. Merck & Co., Inc. Civil Action 10-4374(CDJ). Amended Complaint In US District Court For the Eastern District Of Pennsylvania {mumps qui tam lawsuit]

          Also, please look up Sane J, Gouma S, Koopmans M, de Melker H,SwaanC, van Binnendijk R, Hahne S. Epidemic of Mumps Among Vaccinated Persons, Netherlands, 2009-2012. Emerg Infect Dis 2014Apr; 20(4): 643.pdf.
          “To analyze the epidemiology of a nationwide mumps
          epidemic in the Netherlands, we reviewed 1,557 notified
          mumps cases in persons who had disease onset during
          September 1, 2009–August 31, 2012. Seasonality peaked in
          spring and autumn. Most case-patients were males (59%),
          18–25 years of age (67.9%), and vaccinated twice with measles-
          mumps-rubella vaccine (67.7%). Nearly half (46.6%)
          of cases occurred in university students or in persons with
          student contacts. Receipt of 2 doses of vaccine reduced
          the risk for orchitis, the most frequently reported complication
          (vaccine effectiveness [VE] 74%, 95% CI 57%–85%);
          complications overall (VE 76%, 95% CI 61%–86%); and
          hospitalization (VE 82%, 95% CI 53%–93%). Over time,
          the age distribution of case-patients changed, and proportionally
          more cases were reported from nonuniversity cities
          (p<0.001). Changes in age and geographic distribution over
          time may reflect increased immunity among students resulting
          from intense exposure to circulating mumps virus."

          • Dr. King, so, that was a lot of content. It looks like you have looked at a lot of information on the subject. I’m going to address your last point as it was condensed enough for me to read thoroughly and was the only peer reviewed source. I’m sure you’re aware vaccines serve a few purposes. First, they aim a preventing disease. Second, they aim at reducing the severity of the disease for those who contract the disease. You have this posted in your last point, but i’ll summarize it. Receipt of 2 doses of vaccine reduced the risk for orchitis (inflammation of the testicle), the most frequently reported complication effectiveness complications overall and hospitalization. So, as you can see vaccination in this case WAS NOT a failure. People who were vaccinated were less sick. Remember, that is one of the goals to make people less sick when disease cannot be prevented. Many vaccines do not produce whats called sterilizing immunity (you never get sick). They make sure your body had practice fighting the disease before fighting it for real.

            This is a common complaint from those who receive the Varicella vaccine. They may still get Chicken Pox. However, it is far less severe than trying to take on the disease when your body has never had to address the Varicella in the past. I hope that makes sense.

      • Thanks! This is a great article!! However, it didn’t say “This is Polio”. I think it may have been a case of sensationalism on CNN’s part. Here is why:

        1. Poliovirus (POLIO) is part of the Picornaviridae family, which also includes ENTEROVIRUSES and rhinoviruses.

        2. Samples from two of those children tested positive for ENTEROVIRUS 68, a rare virus that has been linked to severe respiratory illness in the past.

        3. Enterovirus 68 was first identified in a California lab in 1962 after four children came down with a severe respiratory illness.

        4. Enterovirus 71, which was discovered by the same California lab in 1969…is usually associated with severe neurological issues, including aseptic meningitis, polio-like paralysis and encephalitis.

        From reading the article, it looks like this is an isolate ENTEROVIRUS infection that has been known about as early as 1962. While it is in the same family as polio (Picornaviridae) it is not polio. However, it produces the same pathology as Polio. Still, it is very scary and something we should be concerned about.

        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm

          There were also at least 5 cases of confirmed polio in 2005 in the Amish community from what I remember reading.

          • Wow! I hadn’t heard about it until now. Apparently, one of the 5 case was an 8 year old with some kind of immunodeficiency. It’s so crazy! In 1916 6,000 people died and there were people getting their kids taken away. There was this article in Time I read and this quote stuck out. Such a scary disease.

            “Many a parent who had lived through the nightmare fear of polio, there was some statistical encouragement: in 1916, 25% of polio’s victims died. This year, thanks to early recognition of the disease and improved treatment (iron lungs, physical therapy, etc.) the death rate is down to 5%.”

    • There is Polio in the US, the names has just been changed. The Polio vaccine was a flop, even Jonas Salk stated that in 1976:

      In 1976, Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of thekilled-virus vaccine used in the 1950s,testified that the live-virus vaccine(used almost exclusively in the U.S.from the early 1960s to 2000) was the
      “principal if not sole cause” of all reported polio cases in the U.S. since1961. Washington Post, September 24, 1976.

      In 1992, the Federal Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC)published an admission that the live-virusvaccine had become the dominant causeof polio in the United States. In fact,according to CDC figures, every case of polio in the U.S. since 1979 was causedby the oral polio vaccine.
      Strebel PM., et al. Epidemiology of poliomyletis in U.S. one decade after the last reported case of indigenous wild virus associated disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases CDC, February 1992:568.

      When the CDC and Health Dept. around the country could no longer hide the fact that the vaccine was not working and Polio cases were increasing across the country it was decided to make the illness go away by just changing the name and diagnostic criteria:

      In 1958, the CDC formally adopted the “Best available paralytic poliomyelitis case count” or BAPPCC.

      “Cases must be clinically and epidemiologically compatible with poliomyelitis, must have resulted in paralysis, and must have a residual neurological deficit 60 days after onset of initial symptoms. .. the BAPPCC does not include cases of nonparalytic poliomyelitis, of those in which paralysis is more transient. The original purpose of developing these criteria was to omit cases possibly due to enteroviruses other than polioviruses.”

      The definition changes were so radical, that many doctors publicly stated in medical journals, that it effectively eliminated 90% of what had previous been accepted as paralytic polio.

      People who showed polio like symptoms that previously would have been diagnosed as Polio were now being diagnosed as: Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), Transverse Myelitis, Viral or Aseptic Meningitis, Guillaine Barre Syndrome (GBS), Chinese Paralytic Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epidemic Cholera, Cholera Morbus, Spinal Meningitis, Spinal Apolexy, Inhibitory Palsy, Intermittent Fever, Famine Fever, Worm Fever, Bilious Remittent Fever, Ergotis, ME, Post-Polio Syndrome aka GBS. Coxsackie virus and echo viruses can cause paralytic syndromes that are clinically indistinguishable from paralytic poliomyelitis.

      Polio is more than paralysis or being encased in an iron lung. The question is always asked what happened to the iron lungs? Doesn’t that prove Polio has been eradicated/cured. No, it doesn’t. The iron lungs were replaced by oxygen tents and than respirators. So if one contracts one of the above illness and has breathing difficulties-you’ll likely to be put on a respirator or the little oxygen nose plugs. Today, If you object to taking the polio vaccine and you get polio–it is usually called “polio.” If you have been vaccinated and you get “polio”, it is called meningitis or one of the other names.
      Polio cases rose about 300 to 400% in these 5 places that made the Salk vaccine compulsory by law:
      -North Carolina: 78 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots. 313 cases in 1959.
      -Connecticut: 45 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots. 123 cases in 1959.
      -Tennessee: 119 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots. 386 cases in 1959.
      -Ohio: 17 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots. 52 cases in 1959.
      -Los Angeles: 89 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots. 190 cases in 1959.

      By 1960, the Salk vaccine had proven to be so hazardous and ineffective, that the Journal of the American Medical Association (February 25, 1961) carried an article admitting that, “It is now generally recognized that much of the Salk vaccine used in the U.S. has been worthless.”

      There is an entire history behind Hiding Polio. Smoke, Mirrors, and the “Disappearance” Of Polio by Dr. Suzanne Humphries has an excellent video and article at:

      Polio vaccine was a disaster and an embarrassment to the administration at the time because Eisenhower had declared a war on Polio and it would be eradicated. The opposite happened.

      • There were two Polio vaccines made the live-attenuated oral form and the injected killed vaccine. In the US we originally used the live-attenuated version. However, as you mentioned there was the very rare complication of the live virus regaining some of it’s ability to cause parthenogenesis. So, we went to having 6,000 cases of paralytic polio a year to 5 cases of paralytic polio. Hardly, a disaster. Later, the Sabin vaccine was developed and that was a killed vaccine. As the virus was dead, it no longer had the ability to mutate to the virulent form we no longer had Polio. We now exclusively use the Sabin vaccine in the US. India still uses the live-attenuated version because it is financially and practically feasible as the killed vaccine cannot be administered orally. I understand why there being two different forms of the vaccine may have confused you.

        • I just realized I switched the names. Sabin=Live vaccine. Salk=(Dead vaccine) the one we use. The Sabin (Live) causes the polio symptoms.

      • This is actually an awesome question!
        Scarlet Fever is a complication of a Strep infection. Specifically, Streptococcus pyogenes A. Briefly, we don’t see it in the US anymore because we have good healthcare. Many people, when they have a sore throat will go to the doctor and get an antibiotic if they have a strep infection. So, Scarlet fever never becomes an issue. However, in some underdeveloped countries this IS an issue. They get a strep infection and they don’t get treated. Then the Strep bacteria releases this nasty “poison” called Exotoxin A which causes Scarlet fever.

        As to the vaccine, for bacterial we treat with antibiotics and virus we hope we have a vaccine or antiviral drugs. Unfortunately, the way we make vaccines does not translate to virus for many reasons. Also, there really is little reason for it as we can fix it very easily with antibiotics.

  15. I truly appreciate the mission you have to get this information out to the public. In Friday’s newspaper ( from Tacoma, WA the editorial board wrote their view about raw milk and strongly lumped it with “anti-vaccination folks” in an article entitled “Raw milk movement puts children needlessly at risk”. It’s articles like this that keep the public dumbed-down, but people need to do research for themselves, too.

  16. Nicole Rafferty via Facebook April 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The discrimination and coercion is what I consider a red alert bio threat… Since this is coming as an orchestrated campaign by Govt I consider this a crime against humanity and total human right violation!

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  18. Whether you are anti-vaccination, pro, or somewhere in the middle, I think everyone can agree that vaccine proponents believe that one of the main points of getting vaccinated is to *protect* children with compromised immunity who are more vulnerable to disease and unable to receive immunization. The NY Health Dept is just making itself absurd. Hopefully the egregious violation of this family’s rights to protect their child will provoke enough outrage to see those rights restored to their rightful owners, the parents.


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