Vaccination is a hot-button issue for many Americans. Healthcare professionals, media outlets, celebrities, and the general population all play a significant role in shaping the public opinion on “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.” In some states, policies are in place to help parents navigate the decision to vaccinate their child. In some organizations, patients may be dismissed from receiving care if they decline vaccination without a medical reason (standard series vaccines, flu vaccines, etc).
On the topic of vaccination: what should be the role of health policy at the state level? What should be the role of health policy at the institutional (or provider) level?