This year saw yet another deadly measles outbreak in schools across the United States, although the disease was conquered two decades ago.
The reason is many parents are not vaccinating their children, believing vaccines may cause neurological damage. Experts say that isn’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 92% of people in a community need to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease. Less than that puts the community at risk.
Our September 26 Badger Forum will take a closer look at the right of parents to say no and the ability of government to force the issue for the public good.
Michelle Berrett Bodine is a local business owner and community advocate, with a passion for assisting families impacted by neurological disorders. She has previously served as a family Ombudsman for the US Navy, founded and served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, and is currently a regional leader for Informed Choice WA. As the mother of 4 young adults, 3 of whom she believes were injured by vaccines, she has spent over 20 years researching vaccines and recovering her own children's health, as well as helping other families recover theirs.
Amy Person, MD is the Health Officer for the Benton-Franklin Health District. She began her career over 20 years ago as a community pediatrician. Recognizing the impact of the social determinants of health and injury prevention in child health, she pursued a career in public health to address prevention and health promotion at the population level. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois and her master’s degree from University of Wisconsin.