Social media posts are voicing support for a New York midwife who has been fined $300,000 by the state’s health department for administering homeopathic pellets instead of required vaccinations to nearly 1,500 children. The midwife had allegedly been falsifying immunization records since at least the 2019-2020 school year.
Risk level: Low
Recommendation: Social media posts celebrating this midwife may discourage New York patients from vaccinating their children in favor of ineffective, unproven, or unsafe disease-prevention methods. Talking points may emphasize that oral pellets are not authorized by the FDA, or approved by the CDC as valid immunizations. The New York State Health Commissioner stated, “Misrepresenting or falsifying vaccine records puts lives in jeopardy and undermines the system that exists to protect public health.” The CDC recommends a series of routine vaccinations to prevent severe illness and death in infants and in children.