Vaccine Controversies: the Case for Freedom and Informed Consent

Vaccine Controversies: the Case for Freedom and Informed Consent
Guest Editorial
Jane M. Orient
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, September 2019; 24(3)
…There is increasing pressure to add HPV vaccine to the long list of vaccines already mandated for school attendance, and to reduce exemptions for all vaccines. In California, which already eliminated all exemptions except medical ones, proposed legislation would severely constrain permitted contraindications and subject physicians who write for exemptions to intense scrutiny. AAPS has written letters to several state legislatures concerning the need for informed consent for all medical interventions, including vaccines, and a statement to congressional committees opposing federal vaccine mandates.5 Other than AAPS and a new organization, Physicians for Informed Consent (, medical organizations generally do not oppose mandates…

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