In June 2018, the Medical Board of California placed an American Academy of Pediatrics fellow and leading vaccine skeptic, Robert “Dr Bob” Sears, MD, on 35 months’ probation for substandard care in writing a medical report exempting a boy from all childhood vaccinations.1 The medical board’s action represents a novel and important development in how states protect the public’s health from vaccine-preventable illnesses. It also reveals concerns about exploitable loopholes in many states’ vaccination exemption policies, whether the state permits religious and philosophical exemptions or even if, as California has since 2015, it only accepts medical grounds for exemption.
Silverman RD, Yang YT. Lessons From California’s Discipline of a Popular Physician for Vaccination Exemptions Without Medical Cause. JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 10, 2018173(2):121–122. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3835
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