The US is ending its international travel ban for fully vaccinated people, months after the Supreme Court lifted restrictions it had imposed as a result of a former President’s “poor judgment.”
In October, the high court ruled that barring non-compliant Americans from traveling outside the US was a violation of their constitutional rights. The ban had been put in place by former President Donald Trump’s administration after it determined that some vaccines caused autism, despite research that cast doubt on the link.
But it wasn’t until Tuesday that the US posted a full list of full waivers available to travelers to the US, letting people who have completed at least two doses of the childhood immunizations take their trips. Last year, a complete list was posted, but it was just a partial list of exempted people.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that children receive two vaccines at 12 months and two at 22 months, but people aren’t required to get vaccinated against all vaccine-preventable diseases. Doctors recommend that travelers have valid medical documents proving they have the requisite medical conditions, including a health crisis, immune deficiency, or HIV infection.
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The world’s changing attitudes toward vaccinations in the US
Even the majority of Americans support the vaccination of newborns, but less than half believe that children are fully vaccinated, and not enough people believe that everyone in the US is fully vaccinated, according to a US government survey of more than 40,000 people. As of September 2018, about 50% of US adults believed that at least a few vaccines could cause autism.
At least 14 countries ban or restrict vaccines for travelers
Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Spain, and the US are all countries that ban or restrict vaccine-related travel. India, Taiwan, and Australia ban or restrict vaccines for travellers but allow visitors to receive the vaccines while traveling.
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About 60 children died from vaccine-preventable illnesses from 2014 to 2017