Abstracts from the International Meeting for Autism Research

Source: 
International Meeting for Autism Research
Year Published: 
2009

 

Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, The New England Journal of Medicine (May 2009)

Vaccines are among the most effective prevention tools available to clinicians. However, the success of an immunization program depends on high rates of acceptance and coverage. There is evidence of an increase in vaccine refusal in the United States and of geographic clustering of refusals that results in outbreaks. Children with exemptions from school immunization requirements (a measure of vaccine refusal) are at increased risk for measles and pertussis and can infect others who are too young to be vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or were vaccinated but did not have a sufficient immunologic response.