Health advocacy groups blast mandatory meningitis shot bill

Some children and health advocacy groups on Long Island are coming out against a bill in the state Senate that would require kids get a meningitis vaccine.

The potentially deadly disease often strikes teens and young adults. A student at Massapequa High School was diagnosed with meningitis last week.

?There is no emergency, there is no predicted emergency,? Rita Palma, of My Kids, My Choice, says. ?There is no reason for such an extreme measure that carries with it consequences.?

Palma says the vaccine can cause certain nervous system disorders.

The bill will next be considered by the Assembly's health committee.

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