It’s National Infant Immunization Week (#Ivax2Protect).  What?!  Why is an adolescent medicine physician blogging about infant immunizations?!  With all the measles going on (seriously, I cannot even deal with the current measles outbreak – 704 cases this year alone!), we need to talk about immunizations and the current laws.

I specifically want to draw attention to the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law. Current state law requires children attending school to be vaccinated against various diseases, like measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, etc. This makes sense, since hundreds of kids are in close proximity to each other for 8 hours every day, and diseases can spread rapidly through a school (can you say cesspool?). Our current state law does allow for some exceptions:

  • Medical – when a vaccination could harm a child
    due to other health conditions
  • Religious – when a vaccination runs counter to a
    student or parent’s religion
  • Personal/philosophical – a…



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