Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMA Supports Ending Nonmedical Vaccination Exemptions

On the heels of a measles outbreak at Disneyland earlier this year, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted this week to endorse tighter limits on vaccine exemptions, urging states to grant vaccine exemptions for medical reasons only.

“As evident from the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland, protecting community health in today’s mobile society requires that policymakers not permit individuals from opting out of immunization solely as a matter of personal preference or convenience,” AMA Board Member Patrice A. Harris, MD, said in a news release. “When people are immunized they also help prevent the spread of disease to others.”

Physicians stress that vaccines are safe, important, and effective. They are heralded as one of the most successful public health achievements of the 20th century, helping to eradicate smallpox and control polio, measles, rubella, and other infectious diseases in the United States.

More Me&MyDoctor Vaccine Coverage:
Measles: The Next Disneyland Could Be Texas
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Did Early Immunization Help America Win Independence From Great Britain?

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