Legal Responsibilities in Choosing Not to Vaccinate

Shot of Prevention

This guest post has been written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a passionate vaccine advocate with intimate knowledge of the legal system who writes the blog Before Vaccines and serves as a Professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law.  In a recent article entitled “Compensating the Victims of Failure to Vaccinate:  What are the Options?”, she explores the legal ramifications associated with those that choose not to immunize themselves or their children.  In the post below, she briefly highlights the main points offered in the full article.

Judge using his gavel

A German boy named Micha died last June after several years of agony from a rare but fatal complication of measles called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE).  While still too young to be vaccinated himself, he contracted measles from an unvaccinated child in a pediatrician’s waiting room. Years later, SSPE erupted. One family’s choice not to vaccinate their child effectively destroyed another family.

In the United States, where health insurance coverage is…

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