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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
The buffet line will open at 11:30 a.m. and remain open until all are served. The program will end at 12:55 p.m.
Individual Rights and Community Responsibility:
Making Sense of Vaccine Resistance in Colorado
Immunizations against childhood illnesses are touted as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, credited with drastically reducing, and in many cases virtually eliminating, incidences of many life-threating illnesses in the Unites States. The success of immunizations largely rests on laws passed in every state
requiring vaccines for all children entering schools or childcare settings, which serve to create community-level immunity. Yet, policies of compulsory vaccination exist alongside state efforts to respect individual autonomy, familial privacy, and parental authority, and thus, laws also allow parents to opt out for religious, medical, or philosophical reasons. Despite the successes of vaccines, an increasing number of parents are opting out of vaccines for their children, with Colorado leading the nation in rates of parents who reject vaccines. Drawing on more than five years of qualitative research with parents and health providers, this lecture will examine the history of vaccine mandates and the legal processes by which parents can reject vaccines, and will explore the tensions between individual rights to make healthcare decisions and community responsibility for public health.
The Department of Sociology and Criminology
Professor Reich is an Associate Professor in Department of Sociology and Criminology. She received her PhD in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis in 2002. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco in 2004. Professor Reich is currently researching how parents make decisions about their children’s healthcare, particularly in terms of immunizations.
Reservations are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
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