During the 2015 American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates annual meeting in June, the AAP delegation successfully advocated for a policy that supports legislation and public health code amendments to eliminate non-medical immunization exemptions. These exemptions allow parents to forgo vaccinations required for a child’s participation in government-funded education programs (including Head Start) and for child care and school attendance based on philosophical and religious reasons. The new AMA policy was widely reported in the press.

The California AMA delegation introduced a resolution titled “Parent to Parent Education on Child Vaccination” that was supported by the AAP delegation and was adopted as AMA policy. The new policy calls for the development and evaluation of evidence-based efforts that support parents in collaborating with health care providers to educate and encourage parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children. The recent measles outbreak has caused great concern among families who choose...

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