Over the past several years more parents have opted not to provide their children with immunizations recommended by federal authorities and otherwise required by state authorities. At the same time, outbreaks of some vaccine-preventable diseases have become more common, and public health concerns that disappeared decades ago have returned. This panel describes the challenges the anti-vaccine movement poses and examines the role of law in protecting public health while respecting the rights of parents and children. Is there a way to recognize deeply held religious, philosophical and political views of parents while still protecting public health? What factors should determine public policy on childhood immunization?
About the Speakers:
Brian Lee, MD, FAAP is the Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland
Dorit R. Reiss, LLB, PhD is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings
Robert Schwartz, JD is a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico and a Visiting Professor of Law at UC Hastings
Lois Weithorn, JD, PhD is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings