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Vaccine Law and Policy: The role of the law from a health justice and human rights lens

Vaccines are essential public health tools, and among the most effective means to halt the spread of infectious diseases. In recent years, however, rates of vaccine refusal in the US have increased. Dangerous disease outbreaks like the recent measles ones have followed, causing serious harm and alarm. Legislatures around the country have jumped into action. But how should the law respond to vaccine refusals? Are legislatures right to consider limits on vaccination exemptions, or are there other more effective means to protect public health and also individuals? This panel will consider vaccine policy and law in the US from a human rights and health justice framework.


Alison Buttenheim, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Professor of Medicine, Stanford University 

Saad Omer, Director, Yale Institute for Global Health

Moderated by: Jason Schwartz, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health 


This event is funded by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School



Host Organizations

Global Health Justice Project
Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy




Lectures and Seminars


Feb 202013Thursday
4:00 PM6:00 PM
Sterling Law Buildings127 Wall StreetNew Haven, CT