The court’s order “strips away the discretion of New York’s school district to make medical diagnoses and immunization decisions for the school population,” Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. “This ruling will have a direct impact on the health and well-being of young New Yorkers and diminish the efforts of our public health department to improve public health and the health of young people,”
he said. The Atlantic Council reports that New York City has roughly 1.1 million students in public and private schools. This challenge was brought by Jason Smith, who was unsuccessful in his claim for a right to attend school. He is a freelance TV and radio producer and radio journalist and son of TV personality Fran Drescher. The decision will delay any medical treatment for Smith, who has received multiple
immunizations in a 12-year period. His medical claims were denied. Tom Viertel, an attorney for Smith, told the New York Times that school officials “played politics with young people’s health” and even “stole his education.” To read the New York Times, click here.