Global & Disaster Medicine

Unlike two dozen other states this year, not a single person in Mississippi has been infected with measles


“…….Mississippi adopted its first compulsory vaccination law in 1900, adding a religious exemption in 1960. Almost 20 years later, in 1979, the religious exemption was challenged in court, with the plaintiff arguing that the state must expand the exemption to include any religion, not just religions officially recognized by the state. In response, the Mississippi Supreme Court struck down religious exemptions altogether, ruling that non-medical vaccine exemptions violate people’s constitutional right to equal protection under the law.

The decision was a big win for public health, but it certainly has not stopped attempts to water down Mississippi’s vaccine rules…..”

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