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Utah Holds Lessons for Colorado in Improving Vaccination Rates

Utah Holds Lessons for Colorado in Improving Vaccination Rates

Source: The Denver Post

Eliminating exemptions for religious and personal beliefs would certainly increase vaccination rates, said Dr. Douglas S. Diekema with the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at the Seattle Children's Research Institute. But the strategy risks a backlash against vaccination requirements. "A better approach," Diekema said, "is to eliminate all barriers to vaccination. It should be easier to get vaccinated than it is to choose not to get vaccinated."

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Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics, among others. As part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute brings together leading minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research.