In a Newsweek op-ed, Kathryn Weise, M.D., a Cleveland Clinic pediatrician and bioethicist, writes that lawmakers should be making it more difficult for parents to exempt their children from immunizations, not easier. Yet as measles cases reach the highest levels reported since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. two decades ago, some states – Mississippi, West Virginia and Ohio – are considering legislation that would probably result in fewer children getting vaccinated. Such proposals can cause serious damage.
“Choices that may feel individual and protective of one’s own child or oneself – such as vaccine refusal – do not only affect individuals, they endanger their families and those around them.”
To read the entire op-ed, click here: Vaccines Matter: State Laws That Make It Easier For Parents To Opt Out Can Cause Real Damage