Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?

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Source: Matt Sanctis, “More Parents Opting Out of Vaccines for Children,”, Dec. 2, 2011

While no US federal laws mandate vaccination, all 50 states require certain childhood vaccinations for children entering public schools. Most states offer medical and religious exemptions; however, 19 states provide philosophical exemptions, raising the issue of whether laws should be changed to make certain vaccines mandatory for all children.

The debate over mandatory vaccination has been expanded and updated at The website explores pro, con, and related information from authoritative sources in response to the question “Should any vaccines be required for children?

Pro sources include: Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Robert Pearl, Executive Director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group; Dr. Ben Carson, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University; U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); and several others.

Con sources include: U.S. Senator Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY); Dr. Bob Sears, pediatrician; Dr. David Elliman, immunization expert for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child’s Health; Helen Bedford, senior lecturer in children’s health at University College London Institute of Child Health; the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS); and several others.

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Kamy Akhavan, President of, stated:

“The recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland has sparked a nationwide discussion about vaccines. We’ve done significant research and presented it in simple pro and con columns. Readers can quickly understand both sides in the debate and come to their own informed conclusions about whether or not vaccines should be mandatory.”