A group of #Seattle Doctors is going against the trend of our nation, which in recent years has shown a rise in legislation to limit or eliminate #vaccine #optouts. The caveat? They want opt-outs available for all but the measles vaccine. These Doctors want to allow personal and religious opt-outs for all other vaccines. It is being called Childhood Vaccine Exemption Policy: The Case for a Less Restrictive Alternative. Yesterday, it was published in the journal Pediatrics. Seattle sits just north of one of the most restrictive states in the country when it comes to vaccine legislation in #California. This new approach runs extremely counter to Seattle’s southern neighbors.
Seattle Children’s expert Dr. Douglas Opel and his colleagues who are responsible for the proposal claim the current status quo for legislation infringes on personal liberty and most of all, just doesn’t work. According to the Seattle Times, this is about creating a sustainable policy. Opel feels Measles is the only real problematic issue when it comes to being a contagion, which leads him to the hypothesis that the current legislations, particularly in California, just don’t work. “We’re realizing that it’s not a scientific and ethical approach,” said Opel, who specializes in pediatrics and bioethics. “This is less about letting parents choose than about developing sound, sustainable policy.” The current program, according to Opel, should focus on the easiest transferable vaccine-preventable pathogen, which he says is measles. He feels pertussis simply isn’t as contagious by comparison. We, of course, have uncovered a bevy of cases showing that the pertussis vaccine causes the spread of pertussis.
According to the Seattle Times, it comes down to logistics of what can logically be enforced. “We believe a policy to eliminate nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) from measles virus alone is more justifiable, sustainable and enforceable than eliminating NMEs from all vaccines,” Opel and his colleagues wrote. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾