The Disneyland measles outbreak fostered a nationwide debate over childhood vaccination. The passage of Senate Bill 277, eliminating vaccine-related religious and philosophical exemptions to school and day care entry requirements in California, was the most dramatic regulatory response to an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in decades. In this presentation, the following questions will be addressed: What are the ethical, legal, economic, and political challenges facing states as they seek balance between implementation of public protections against preventable illnesses and individual and parental rights? Will – and could – other states follow California’s example of how to respond to recent disease outbreaks and increased interest in vaccine exemptions? What are the next frontiers in the policy debate over infectious disease control?
Speaker Biography - Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH
Professor, Health Policy & Management, Fairbanks School of Public Health; Professor, McKinney School of Law, Indiana University
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Professor of Public Health and Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is internationally recognized for his research in public health law and ethics, with recent publications appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, and Chest. His current work examines vaccination law, policy, and ethics; concussions in collegiate sports and the military; legal epidemiology and policy surveillance; the rise in community opioid and prescription drug abuse, and the rural Indiana HIV outbreak; law and policy of mobile health applications and telemedicine; health equity; public scholarship in law; evaluation of the impact of medical-legal partnerships; and negotiation and dispute resolution in public health and health care settings. From 1998-2013, he served as faculty at Southern Illinois University Schools of Medicine and Law, where he last held the positions of Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Professor of Psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, and Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at SIU School of Law.
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