ACP Supports Eliminating Non-Medical Exemptions for Immunizations

ACP Supports Eliminating Non-Medical Exemptions for Immunizations
ACP Supports Eliminating Non-Medical Exemptions for Immunizations

The American College of Physicians (ACP) expressed support for eliminating currently existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from immunization laws.

The ACP Board of Regents stated it supports the following recommendations:

  • The immunization of all children, adolescents, and adults, according to the recommendations and standards established by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • State laws designed to promote all recommended immunizations
  • States passing legislation to eliminate any existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from their immunization laws

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The president of ACP, Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, added that non-medical exemptions can pose "a risk both to the unvaccinated person and to the public health." He added that as the number of exemptions grows, the risk of vaccine-preventable disease also increases.

The ACP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology all supported a similar measure to adopt a policy that helps determine which vaccines will be mandatory for admission to schools and other public venues, and that states should grant exemptions only for medical reasons.

For more information visit ACPonline.org.

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