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The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law

posted on Thu, Feb 19 2015 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, February 19 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET) - View/download the slides.

From January 1 to January 28, 2015, 84 people from 14 states were reported to have measles, a highly contagious respiratory virus which was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease, but many parents choose to opt-out of immunizing their children. This webinar examines the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and associated legal issues. Speakers will describe current vaccination recommendations, provide an overview of vaccination laws and exemptions, explore state temporary exclusion laws related to unvaccinated students, and highlight lessons learned by LA County in implementing legal disease control measures.


  • (Moderator) Montrece Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development — Public Health law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
  • Ross D. Silverman, J.D., M.P.H., Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Professor of Public Health Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Lauren Dunning, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Policy and Planning Officer, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention — Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Andy Baker-White, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Network for Public Health Law — Mid-States Region.
  • Captain Raymond A. Strikas, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Medical Officer, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This webinar is co-sponsored by the CDC Public Health Law Program, the Network and ASLME.

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.