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IIST Response Paper
IIST Response 11
Quote: “The JCAR approved a new requirement for parents to attend immunization
education sessions at local public health departments prior to receiving a waiver. The JCAR also
approved a new requirement for parents to use an official state form to apply for exemptions.
Both requirements went into effect on 1 January 2015”.
Explanation: I found this quote to be interesting and important for a few reasons. After
reading the 2 prior models from California and Vermont about eliminationism and prioritizing
religion and then learning about Michigan’s model about inconvenience, I definitely agree with
the author about Michigan’s model being preferred. It’s important that this method was able to
show decreasing waiver rates but still preservice liberties and fairness while minimizing
coercion, unlike the other 2 models. I like that this model requires parents to attend vaccine
education sessions before receiving a waiver. That way, they are getting accurate and informed
information before making a decision rather than obtaining it from social media, bias news
stations, or friends/people that may not be totally reliable.
Quote: “One is that the public cannot understand the scientific content of the
consensus. A second possibility is that the public fails to appreciate the epistemic stature of
widely-held expert opinion.14 The third and least-considered explanation is [End Page 563] that
some of the previously secure relations of trust between science and the public that gave