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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

Is Social Distancing the Unvaccinated Justifiable?

*Corresponding author: Dr Paul T Francis, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, 682 041, India, Email:

Submission: September 22, 2017; Published: December 11, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/RPN.2017.01.000513

ISSN : 2576-9200
Volume1 Issue3


Social distancing the unvaccinated has become an issue recently with the ‘Disneyland outbreak’ of measles in United States [1]. Ever since the Wakefield article (later retracted) linking MMR vaccine to autism, the issue of vaccination and so called vaccine-refusal has on and off been in the news. The American Academy of Pediatrics has even issued guidelines regarding denial of service to unvaccinated children [2,3]. A New York court has ruled in January 2015 that “ the state can continue requiring public school students to be vaccinated or excluded during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases” [4].

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