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

posted on Wed, May 8 2019 10:44 am by The Network for Public Health Law

June 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The U.S. is experiencing its highest number of measles cases in 25 years. The outbreak is linked to parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children and to a global outbreak of measles in countries that are common destinations for U.S. travelers. 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.  

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In this webinar we 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

 

Moderator:

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

 

Speakers:

  • 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.