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Sadly, anti-vax quacks win one in New Jersey

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The recent failure of New Jersey lawmakers to pass a measure that would have ended all non-medical ­exemptions from mandatory ­immunizations at schools was a victory for anti-vaccination cranks — and a public-health disaster.

The success of vaccines led to the once-deadly scourge of measles being declared eliminated by international health authorities in 2000. But the recent revival of the disease is evidence of the influence of anti-vaxxers, who have sold scared parents a myth that vaccines cause autism.

Every leading medical authority has authoritatively debunked that claim. But the Internet conspiracy theory behind this movement continues to spread with the help of celebrities and faux experts like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Thanks to their ability to persuade families to skip vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year recorded the highest number of measles cases in a generation.

Common sense prevailed in ­Albany last year, when the New York Legislature responded to the crisis by........

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