The push-and-pull between government interventions aimed at reducing infectious diseases, and the finances required to implement those interventions is an ongoing problem.
In this opinion piece from Forbes, Tomas J. Philipson, PhD, identified as an economist and director of The Becker Friedman Institute's health care research program, takes an in-depth look at this push-and-pull and how outbreaks - like the high-profile outbreak of measles recently at Disneyland - often will shape public opinion on the need for vaccines.
Philpson frames the discussion in the context of the recent legislation mandating vaccinations in California, noting: "If reaction to a spreading disease leads to policy change such as the California mandate, the subsequent fall in preventative measure may be muted, at least until the policy is changed."
The editors at Infectious Disease Advisor encourage you to read the opinion piece, and then we want to hear your thoughts. What do you think of the legislation in California, and what do you feel are the answers? Please weigh in by emailing you thoughts to our Digital Content Editor, Colleen Hall, at [email protected].
Recent legislation mandating child vaccinations in California are a predictable response to an ongoing cycle of outbreaks and increased prevention-oriented behavior. This cycle arises when increasing risk of infection drives burgeoning demand for protection, which in turn drives down the rate of infection and future disease prevalence.