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Immunization Laws: Impact of Non-Medical Exemptions

posted on Tue, Nov 4 2014 1:44 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Tuesday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

Immunizations are one of the most significant public health accomplishments of our time, preventing millions of cases of diseases globally every year. All 50 U.S. states have adopted compulsory immunization laws for school children and also established some type of exemption for the immunizations. The types of exemptions include medical, religious, and philosophical or personal belief exemptions. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of parents seeking exemptions from vaccines for personal beliefs, leading to concerns from those in public health about the potential spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn about the history of this movement, the impact of non-medical exemptions, and the development of a collaborative effort to address this important issue.   


  • Allison N. Winnike, J.D., Research Assistant Professor, Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center
  • Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Ph.D., Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Anna Draegsback, J.D., President and CEO at the Immunization Partnership


  • Daniel G. Orenstein, J.D., Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law – Western Region at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

This webinar is presented by the Network for Public Health Law and the Immunization Partnership.