Blocked Shots: Examining the Basis, Nature, and Public Health Impact of Vaccine Exemption Laws

Des Moines, IA US
February 19, 2014

Most states in the U.S. currently permit non-medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations based on philosophical, personal, and religious beliefs. Proponents of non-medical exemptions maintain that disease prevention is an individual responsibility, and that vaccinations are not completely safe or effective. Exemption opponents counter that mandating vaccinations protectes the public's health by decreasing the incidence of preventable disease, hospitalizations, and death.

This webinar will examine the legal and ethical basis for vaccination requirements, review a recent assessment of how non-medical vaccination exemption laws impact the annual incidence rates of vaccine-targeted diseases, and explore how states are changing their vaccine exemptions laws.


Andy Baker-White, JD, MPH
Associate Director, Network for Public Health Law - Mid States Region at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Daniel G. Orenstein, JD
Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH
Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI

Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Law at George Mason University

    Course summary
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    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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    Event starts: 
    02/19/2014 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    02/19/2014 - 1:00pm CST
    Des Moines University
    Munroe Building
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States

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