epidemiologist

READER’S EDITORIAL: AB 2109 WILL REQUIRE DOCTOR’S SIGNATURE FOR PARENTS TO REFUSE CHILD VACCINATIONS

 

 
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH
 
“I see no difference between not vaccinating one’s child, thus putting at risk other children, and leaving a loaded gun lying around the house...”—Joel Harrison
 
July 2, 2012 (San Diego)--Parents and some doctors are up in arms about a law currently being debated in Sacramento. The new law would require "a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases."  Some parents see this as an intrusion into their right to make decisions regarding their children.