A Viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics discusses concerns about exploitable loopholes in state vaccination exemption policies. In it, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Nursing describes a recent high profile case in California. He and his coauthor, Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health outline more prevention-focused options for structuring and regulating medical and nonmedical vaccination exemption requests.
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In a Viewpoint published in JAMA Pediatrics, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH makes a case for the value of influenza vaccine mandates for children between six months and five years of age, such as the one now in force in New York City (NYC) for children in city-regulated childcare and educational institutions.
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State policies play a significant role in the usage of vaccinations to prevent human papilloma virus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Wayne Psek, MD, PhD, of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health served as an author on a study that identified a combination of state policies that are associated with high uptake of the vaccine in children, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends beginning when they are 11 or 12 years old.