Panel: Measles Outbreaks, Vaccines, and the Law

The recent measles outbreak has heightened attention to the health, legal, and policy issues raised when parents refuse vaccination of their children. What legal steps are states taking in response to this outbreak and to prevent future outbreaks? What other options can or should be available to states in striking a balance between parental rights and public health? To what extent should parental rights be taken seriously if not grounded in scientific evidence? Join panelists Dorit Reiss, Alusha Mamchak, and Lois Weithorn for a discussion about the legal implications of the measles outbreak.

Dorit Reiss teaches Administrative Law, Torts, and seminars about Courts and Politics. She has written about vaccine law and policy, and is a member of Voices for Vaccine's Parents Advisory Board.

Lois Weithorn is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.  Her areas of expertise include Bioethics,  Family Law, and Children & the Law, with particular emphasis on health care decisionmaking.

Alusha Mamchak obtained her PhD at the Australian National University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF. She is also a vaccine advocate and volunteers at the Center for Immunobiology and  Vaccine Development at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and the California and San Francisco Immunization Coalition.



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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. UCSF is accredited by the ACGME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Presenting faculty has disclosed no conflict of interest for this event.

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