More than 25,000 New York schoolchildren have been expelled due to the revocation of the Religious Exemption. The Medical Exemption is completely separate. Or is it? Below is a story about a boy with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome who has an ME from his neurologist. And he is still being banned from school because a medical bureaucrat has ruled the exemption insufficient. Dr. Elizabeth Rausch-Phung is the Director of the Bureau of Immunization. Dr. Rausch-Phung is trained in Family Medicine. And Public Health. Here is her bio from the Association of Immunization Managers or AIM - insert your own joke here. Dr. R-P overrode the decision of a neurologist and would probably override God himself if he wrote a medical exemption. Or would that be religious?
Dr. Rausch-Phung received her M.D. degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where she also completed an internship in Internal Medicine. She completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan, from which she also received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 9-year-old Ameer Hamideh has been kicked out of school because he's not vaccinated. But his parents say getting vaccines could be
harmful to his health.
Ameer is living with cerebral palsy and a rare seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) .
"He was vaccinated the first couple years of his life. After the vaccines, started getting seizures...his body couldn't tolerate it," said Ali Hamideh, his father.
The vaccines could make his son's seizures more severe and his son's neurologist backs up that claim, according to Hamideh.
"It would make it a lot worse, chance of hospitalization, even a chance of death," said Hamideh.
But under the new state law requiring all students to be vaccinated, Ameer was kicked out of the CHC Learning Center he attends.
"He's obviously disabled, but he's very smart..being out of school, he's very hurt," said Hamideh.
Because of Ameer's condition, his father filed for a medical exemption and Sarah Finnegan MD, a local neurologist based in Buffalo, signed off on that exemption in August. Read more at KBW Buffalo New York.