The New York City Police Benevolent Association, the largest police union in the United States, has sued the city over a vaccination requirement, it was reported on Tuesday.
The lawsuit says that the requirements violate the workers’ and students’ constitutional rights, Bloomberg reports. New York City is required to vaccinate children, as part of laws enacted in 1999 and 2008.
In 2013, the City Council voted to expand the list of pre-school children who must get the vaccines, to over 370,000. As of 2014, full-time public high school students, on average, needed nine shots; part-time students, three.
It’s likely this move prompted the lawsuit.
While many people argue that health research has shown the safety of vaccines, which protect against various infectious diseases, others maintain that some vaccines can cause severe side effects, including autism. A 2009 study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that “there is no persuasive scientific evidence that the MMR [measles, mumps, rubella] vaccine causes ASD [autism spectrum disorder], and even where the evidence is weak, it is likely to be outweighed by benefits,” Bloomberg reported.
Teacher’s unions in California, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, and Washington DC, have also fought the state’s requirements.
There is also evidence that parents choosing not to vaccinate their children have been linked to serious outbreaks of measles and flu across the United States.