Immunisation Before School Entry: Should There Be a Law?
Noah, Norman D.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1987 May 16; 294(6582): 1270-1271.
An epidemiologist questions whether laws mandating vaccination of children before school entry are necessary in Britain to reduce the incidence of diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella. Using vaccination against measles as his example, Noah compares the coverage rate in the United States, where 46 states have school immunization laws, with coverage rates in Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and England and Wales, where immunization before school entry is not required. The United States has achieved a high vaccination rate for school age children, as have the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands without enforcement laws. Noah concludes that better organization of health services and increased promotion of vaccination among health personnel and the public may be sufficient to raise Britain's overall immunization rate without legislation. (KIE abstract)
Children; Communicable Diseases; Epidemiology; Government; Health; Health Personnel; Health Services; Immunization; International Aspects; Law; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Laws; Medicine; Morbidity; Preventive Medicine; Public Policy; Regulation; Rubella; Statistics; Students; Voluntary Programs; Vaccination;
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