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Measles Outbreak: Public Health Authority, New York City’s Immunization Mandate, and the Current Legislative Landscape

June 4, 2019


The U.S. is experiencing its highest number of measles cases in 25 years and researchers anticipate additional outbreaks, with Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami listed among the cities at high risk. Cities and states across the U.S. have been challenged by efforts to contain the spread of this highly contagious disease. Some states have moved to prohibit all vaccine exemptions while other are considering it. Other jurisdictions have felt the need to take more urgent actions, including New York City, which declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory vaccination.  

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Examine the history of and the authority for vaccination requirements, exemptions and mandates in the U.S. and how possible future changes in these laws could impact the nature and severity of disease outbreaks
  • Review the public health emergency declaration in New York City, corresponding vaccination mandate, along with the legal challenges that were made and the court decisions that resulted
  • Learn about efforts to make legislative changes in under-immunized states to limit vaccination exemptions and solidify emergency declaration powers


  • Donna Levin, J.D., National Director, Network for Public Health Law


  • Wendy E. Parmet, J.D., Matthews University Distinguished Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University
  • Thomas Merrill, J.D., General Counsel, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Allison Winnike, J.D., President/CEO, The Immunization Partnership

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request. An email from ASLME regarding CLE credits will be sent to attendees following the webinar.