Most Doctors Give In to Requests by Parents to Alter Vaccine Schedules

New York Times, March 2, 2015
by Catherine Saint Louis

A wide majority of pediatricians and family physicians acquiesce to parents who wish to delay vaccinating their children, even though the doctors feel these decisions put children at risk for measles, whooping…

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Pakistan arrests parents for refusing polio vaccine

BBC News, March 2, 2015

Pakistani authorities have conducted their first-ever mass arrest of parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio. Authorities in Peshawar, in the north-west of the country,…

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Petrie-Flom Event Review: An opening for measles:

Harvard Gazette, February 27, 2015
by Colleen Walsh

[...] The recent California outbreak has reignited debates about balancing the public welfare while safeguarding civil liberties. A panel of experts convened atHarvard Law School on Wednesday to discuss the return…

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Petrie-Flom Event Review:

Harvard Crimson, February 26, 2015
by Gabrielle M. Williams

There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued at a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on Wednesday.…

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Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 4:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

For more on this event, check out the write-ups in the Harvard Gazette (February 27, 2015) and the Harvard Crimson (February…

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WHO ‘taken aback’ by measles outbreaks:

BBC News, February 25, 2015
by Smitha Mundasad

Officials say they have been "taken aback" by more than 22,000 cases in 2014 and the first months of this year. The WHO demands that counties control the outbreaks with…

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Vaccinations Are States’ Call

New York Times, February 16, 2015
by Denise Grady

Henning Jacobson just said no. Even though Massachusetts required it, he did not want to be vaccinated. He had had a bad reaction to a vaccine, and he opposed vaccination…

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Strict vaccine law introduced in California following measles outbreak:

Al Jazeera America, February 5, 2015

California lawmakers have put forward legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child is deemed to be in danger due to a pre-existing medical condition. If passed, California would…

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Kaiser Health News, February 3, 2015
by Lisa Aliferis

[...] Krawitt is taking action of his own. His son attends Reed Elementary in Tiburon, a school with a 7 percent personal belief exemption rate. (The statewide average in California…

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Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul Jump Into Vaccine Debate

NPR, February 2, 2015
by Eyder Peralta

As the country deals with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling a record number of measles cases, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a rumored 2016 presidential contender,…

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Rocketing vaccine cost warning:

BBC News, January 20, 2015
by James Gallagher

A report by the charity says there has been a 68-fold increase in prices between 2001 and 2014. It accused the pharmaceutical industry of overcharging and highlighted cases where rich…

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In Africa, a Decline in New Ebola Cases Complicates Vaccine Development

New York Times, January 9, 2015
by Andrew Pollack

As authorities and drug companies hurriedly prepare to begin testing Ebola vaccines in West Africa, they are starting to contemplate a new challenge: whether an ebbing of the outbreak could make it…

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Start-Ups
(followed by Petrie-Flom's 2014 Open House)

Monday, October 06, 2014 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA

New healthcare start-ups face a range of legal and ethical challenges as they develop new products and services and solicit…

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Experimental Vaccine for Chikungunya Passes First Test

NPR, August 18, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere…

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The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment:

Atlantic, August 4, 2014
by James Hamblin

Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessmentlast week, between labored breaths: "I am going to die."…

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Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

NPR, July 28, 2014
by Jason Beaubien

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine. "Even when they took out the pistol, I…

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India to provide four free vaccines, including rotavirus

BBC News, July 4, 2014

India will provide four new vaccines free of cost as part of a programme to reduce child mortality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. They include one for rotavirus, which…

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Measles Outbreak In Ohio Leads Amish To Reconsider Vaccines

NPR, June 24, 2014
by Sarah Jane Tribble

[...] Ervin Kauffman reassures his six children as they squeeze into a small back office for their second shot for mumps, measles and rubella since the outbreak began. While many…

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Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

New York Times, June 22, 2014
by Benjamin Mueller

In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized…

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Whooping Cough Sweeps California, Putting Infants at Risk

Nova Next, PBS, June 16, 2014
by Eleanor Nelsen

Every month, California normally sees between 80 and 100 cases of pertussis—more commonly known as whooping cough. That’s changed in just the last two weeks, though. In the first half…

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

NPR, May 28, 2014
by Richard Knox

There's new evidence that an oral cholera vaccine might help stop an epidemic in its tracks. That's the encouraging message from a study that tested a two-dose vaccine during a…

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The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency

NPR, May 5, 2014
by Jason Beaubien

It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency. The global drive to wipe out the virus…

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Measles Off To A Fast Start, As Cases Trend Up

NPR, April 24, 2014
by AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.…

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation To Novartis’ Meningitis B Vaccine

Forbes, April 7, 2014
by David Kroll

Novartis AG in Basel announced early this morning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation – a rapid development track – for potential approval of Bexsero®, their innovative vaccine…

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How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

NPR, April 6, 2014

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B & C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this conference is now available at online! (See below for links to specific panels.) At our second Annual Health…

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With Outbreaks, States Push Back On Anti-Vaccine Movement

WBUR's "On Point", January 9, 2014

The last ten or fifteen years have been a rough road for childhood vaccines and vaccination.  After a century in which they became the great bulwark against all kinds of…

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Five pressing health priorities in 2014

The Washington Post, December 28, 2013
by Brady Dennis

As head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Frieden oversees an agency with the sprawling mission of reining in diseases in the United States and across the globe.…

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Health Policy Brief:

HealthAffairs Blog, October 10, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains key elements of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), a provision of the Affordable Care Act.…

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National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
by Health Resources and Services Administration

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program website provides resources on compensation for injuries from certain vaccines, as well as related data and statistics.

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Vaccines and Immunizations: Requirements and Laws

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This site provides information on school requirements, state requirements, exceptions and consent forms.

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National Vaccine Program Office

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Vaccine Program Office of the Department of Health and Human Services provides resources relating to its role in ensuring collaboration among the many Federal agencies involved in vaccine…

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The National Network for Immunization Information

The National Network for Immunization Information is an affiliate of a number of professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics, that seeks to…

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The Greenwall Foundation

VaccineEthics is a blog, originally developed at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, to track, discuss, and study the ethical issues associated with vaccines and vaccination programs.

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Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

Institute of Medicine

In this report, the Immunization Safety Review Committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, as well as…

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Retraction of the Wakefield Paper

by Editors of The Lancet

In 1998, Wakefield et al. published a paper in The Lancet suggesting an association between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorder, providing the foundation for a wave of vaccination…

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The Ethics and Politics of Compulsory HPV Vaccination

New England Journal of Medicine
by James Colgrove

This Perspectives piece addresses the issues surrounding compulsory vaccination.

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Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

New England Journal of Medicine
by Saad B. Omer, et al.

This article reviews the evidentiary basis for school immunization requirements and some of the individual and community risks of vaccine-preventable diseases associated with vaccine refusal.

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A Proposed Ethical Framework for Vaccine Mandates: Competing Values and the Case of HPV

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
by Robert I. Field and Arthur L. Caplan

This article offers a framework for evaluating vaccine mandates, with autonomy on the one hand, which militates against government intrusion, and beneficence, utilitarianism, justice, and nonmaleficence on the other, which…

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