Panel Discussion, May 14, Pennsylvania Personal Belief Exemption

Pennsylvania Capitol BuildingPlease join us on May 14, 2015, at 6:30 pm, when we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on legislation pending in the Pennsylvania state legislature that would end philosophical/moral/personal belief exemptions to school vaccination requirements. In light of Pennsylvania’s relatively low rate of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination coverage (in 2013-2014, 85.3% of Pennsylvania kindergarteners had received both doses of MMR vaccines, as compared with the nation’s median of 94.7%) and the 2014-15 measles outbreak related to exposures at Disneyland, this topic is very timely.

Senator Daylin Leach will present his rationale for introducing the legislation, with Paul A. Offit, MD, FCPP, and Jason L. Schwartz, PhD, examining the arguments for and against the personal belief immunization exemption. Panelists will take questions from the audience. Judge James Colins, emeritus judge on the Commonwealth Court, will moderate the discussion.

This is likely to be a lively event, and we welcome your participation and attendance.


Daylin Leach, Pennsylvania State Senator District 17

Paul A. Offit, MD, FCPP, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania; Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jason L. Schwartz, PhD, Harold T. Shapiro Fellow in Bioethics, Princeton University

The Honorable James G. Colins, President Judge Emeritus, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Moderator


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Registration for this event is available here. Tickets are $10. (Fellows of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia are entitled to free admission.)