January 20, 2015

Legislative Prescriptions for Controlling Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Fairbanks School of Public Health, and McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis

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JAMA. 2015;313(3):247-248. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16286

During 2014, numerous communities across the United States have been affected by significant, largely avoidable outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses (VPIs), such as measles, mumps, and pertussis.1 These outbreaks have been associated with increasing numbers of families actively declining immunizations against VPIs for their children.2

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