New York City’s Board of Health voted Wednesday to require all children under age 6 who attend daycare or preschool to receive flu shots. Parents can only opt out of the flu vaccine if their child has medical reasons for not being able to take it. Philosophical exemptions, such as over vaccine concerns, are not allowed in New York State. Many parents are not happy about the mandate and strongly oppose this plan.
Republican strategist Mercedes Vienna Schlapp and Democratic strategist Steve Murphy were on Hannity to debate the mandate.
“This New York Board of Health, they're all appointees from the mayor,” said Republican strategist Mercedes Vienna Schlapp. “They are very activist in their way of thinking, and they really do not believe that parents can make, and their health care providers, make the best decisions for their children? Of course parents are outraged.”
Hannity interjected that while he himself is in favor of getting the flu shot, he believes that the opinion of parents who have strong objections against it should be respected. “They ought to be able to raise their children as they see fit.”