Attending Physician and Research Director at the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
"Vaccines work by protecting individuals, but their strength really lies in the ability to protect one’s neighbors. When there are not enough people within a community who are immunized, we are all at risk.
Personal and religious belief exemptions should be curtailed because some people, whether because of age or compromised immune systems, cannot receive vaccines. They depend on those around them to be protected. Vaccines aren’t the only situation in which we are asked to care about our neighbors. Following traffic laws, drug tests at work, paying taxes -- these may go against our beliefs and make us bristle, but we ascribe to them because without this shared responsibility, civil society doesn’t work.
Public health is no different."
Kristen A. Feemster, "Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions," www.nytimes.com, Mar. 23, 2014
"Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions," www.nytimes.com, Mar. 23, 2014
Cowritten with S. Pati, Z. Mohamad, A. Fiks, R. Grundmeier, and A. Cnaan, "Maternal Health Literacy and Late Initiation of Immunizations among an Inner-City Birth Cohort," Maternal and Child Health Journal, Apr. 2011
Cowritten with P. Prasad, M.J. Smith, C. Feudtner, A. Caplan, P. Offit, et al. "Employee Designation and Health Care Worker Support of an Influenza Vaccine Mandate at a Large Pediatric Tertiary Care Hospital," Vaccine, Feb. 17, 2011
Cowritten with J.A. Kahn and P.J.A. Hillard, "HPV Vaccination: Do Your Patients Get the Message?," Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011
Cowritten with C.C. Hughes, A.L. Jones, and A. Fiks, "HPV Vaccine Decision Making in Pediatric Primary Care: A Semi-Structured Interview Study," BMC Pediatrics, 2011
Cowritten with J.A. Kahn, "Human Papillomavirus Immunization: Implementation of Recommendations," Contemporary Pediatrics, 2010
"Dysuria," Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases, Ed. SS Shah, 2009.
Cowritten with S.E. Winters and L. Lavelle, "Influenza," 5Minute Pediatric Consult, Eds. MW. Schwartz, LM Bell, and PM Bingham PM, et al., 2008
Cowritten with S.E. Winters and L. Lavelle, "Human Papillomavirus," 5Minute Pediatric Consult, Eds. M.W. Schwartz, L.M. Bell, and P.M. Bingham PM, et al., 2008
Cowritten with C.T. Lauren, S. Sen, I.N. Wood, and C.P. McKay, "Nephrology," Inpatient Pediatrics: The Philadelphia Guide, 2005