Add your comment below for Resolution #6
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Strongly support. As physicians, our duty is to provide quality patient care while striving to prevent and treat illness. Non-medical exemptions lead to poor care of our (inherently vulnerable) pediatric population and issues with herd immunity. Case in point: measles outbreak in the US. As a traditionally conservative state, I anticipate there will be pushback on this resolution. However, as evidence-based practitioners, I feel it's within our patient's best interest to limit immunization exemptions.
-Lauren Umstattd, MD, Representing self
I speak in favor of the resolution. The efforts to eliminate diseases like smallpox, polio and measles require widespread immunization. The recent outbreak and deaths among children not receiving the measles vaccine is evidence of societal 'herd' immunity. While the great majority of parents understand the importance of these immunizations and comply, there is a small but important number of parents that withhold recommended immunizations. For these individuals laws need to be enacted that would compel all children, especially those in public schools to have appropriate immunizations. MSMA and the State of Missouri should endorse compelled childhood immunizations. Thank you.
-John C. Hagan, III, MD, Representing self
Writing on behalf of the MSMA Medical Student Section Board, in Support of this resolution. We thank the authors for their time and research on this important issue. Although we support the intent of this resolution, we would like further clarification on the phrase "mandated pediatric immunizations" in the resolved clause, as currently, there are no "mandated" pediatric immunizations by state or national laws, only required immunizations for certain enrollments and activities, such as in public schools. If it is mandated vaccinations for public schools in which this resolution is asking for elimination or stricter guidelines for non-medical exemptions, it may be helpful to make this more clear. Thank you.
-Calli Morris, Medical Student Section Board