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Society adopts new vaccine policy limiting exemptions

Release Date: June 24, 2015
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

MADISON (June 24, 2015) – The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors voted to adopt new policy regarding vaccine exemptions at its June 20 meeting in Madison.

Developed by the Society’s Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health, the policy opposes exemptions for philosophic, moral and personal beliefs from state-required immunizations for illnesses such as measles.

“Vaccines are considered one of the greatest biomedical and public health achievements of all time. Thanks to their success it’s easy to forget that the diseases they protect us from—like measles—are highly contagious with potentially very serious complications including death,” said Society President Jerry Halverson, MD. “The Society has adopted this policy because in order for vaccines to continue to be effective, it’s essential that everyone who is medically able to be vaccinated is vaccinated.

“When we vaccinate our children and ourselves, not only are we protecting those we care about from these serious diseases, but we also are helping protect those around us for whom vaccines are not an option—including those with weakened immune systems,” he added.

The Society’s new policy also supports making vaccination rates of public and private schools publicly available.

Click here to read the policy in its entirety.

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.