American Medical Association: Let minors override parents’ vaccination refusal

Members of the American Medical Association voted this week to support state policies that would allow minors to override their parent’s objections to vaccinations.

Moving forward, the AMA will encourage state lawmakers to institute comprehensive vaccine and minor consent policies, according to a news release. The policy recommendation came Monday during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago.

This decision comes as the anti-vaccination movement gains strength nationwide and public health officials blame outbreaks in diseases including measles on fewer people getting vaccinated.

During Monday’s session, the AMA also voted to adopt a plan to bring national attention to violence against the transgender community, especially transgender people of color.