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Thursday, August 29 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Will Colorado Ever Eliminate Non-Medical Exemptions for Immunizations? Roadblocks and Opportunities for State Vaccine Policy

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Colorado consistently ranks among the states with the highest immunization exemption rates in the United States, with nearly 95% of exemptions being made for personal, not medical, reasons. Due to the high level of safety and community protection provided by vaccines, many professional medical organizations acknowledge that the only legitimate reason for exempting from immunizations is for medical purposes. Despite the evidence for strengthening exemption policies, Colorado has struggled in passing meaningful pro-immunization policy.

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Stephanie Wasserman

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
I joined the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) as executive director in 2012. Under my leadership, the organization increased foundation and donation revenues by more than 150% and deepened its policy focus, including spearheading the passage of SB13-222 and HB14-1288... Read More →
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Katherine Waters

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Katherine Waters is a first-year, 2016 Public Health Associate within the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Assigned to the non-profit, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) in Aurora... Read More →

Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
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