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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Dorit Reiss to Give Presentation about Societal Costs of Non-Vaccination

Her lecture will discuss both the public, visible costs of preventable disease as well as the hidden costs of non-vaccination.

Dorit Rubinstein ReissOn May 6, UC Hastings Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss will give a presentation at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium Research Center as part of its summer workshop series.

The event will feature Professor Reiss's work about vaccinations, the anti-vaccine movement, and the societal costs of non-vaccination of preventable diseases. She will also discuss her current work in progress, “Funding the Costs of Outbreaks Caused by Non-vaccination,” an article she is coauthoring with Charlotte Moser, from the Vaccine Education Center of the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and Rob Schwartz, a visiting professor at UC Hastings.

The presentation is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please click here.

“In addition to the suffering and physical harms they cause, preventable diseases impose financial costs on private individuals and public authorities,” says Professor Reiss. “By choosing not to vaccinate their children – in light of the evidence of vaccine safety and its role in preventing disease outbreaks – some parents are increasing the risk of outbreaks and their attendant costs.” In her research, Reiss argues it is both fair and desirable on policy grounds to place the costs of these outbreaks on those who choose not to vaccinate.

Professor Reiss is the author of the blog, Before Vaccines. She writes frequently for the website Shot of Prevention, and comments often in various media outlets about the potential of tort liability for failure to vaccinate.

About Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

Professor Reiss researches regulation, comparative regulation and torts. She has written extensively about regulation and administrative law and recently published "Compensating the Victims of Failure to Vaccinate: What are the Options?" She is a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a grassroots advocacy organization, and engaged in other ways in pro-vaccine advocacy.

Professor Reiss received a double undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science (1999, Magna cum Laude) from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review. She received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley, completing a three country, two sector comparative study on accountability in the liberalized telecommunications and electricity sectors in England, France and Sweden. During her studies in Berkeley she worked as a teaching assistant in ten courses, winning the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Reiss clerked for a year and a half in the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department of Public Law, working on a variety of constitutional and administrative law issues.

Connect with Professor Reiss on Twitter @doritmi.

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