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Kristen A. Feemster, MPH, MSHPR, MD Biography

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,”, Mar. 23, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Director and Physician-Scientist, Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nov. 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2010-present
  • Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2010-present
  • Faculty, Global Health Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010-present
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness and PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Member, Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, July 2008-July 2010
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Health Services Research and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania, July 2005-June 2008
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, June 2002-June 2005
  • MSHPR (Master of Science in Health Policy Research), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2002
  • MPH, Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2001
  • MS, Health Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
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