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Do Parents Have the Right to Decide about Vaccinations the Focus of CMHS Seminar on Sept. 10

Ventura, California, 08/31/2015

The recent controversy surrounding vaccinations and if parents have the right to refuse them is the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Thursday, Sept. 10 as part of its 2015 Ethics in Healthcare Series.

James Hornstein, M.D., chair of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital, will moderate the seminar entitled, “Disneyland, Measles & Vaccines: Should Parents Call the Shots?” The seminar will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura.
Featured speakers are Alison Shuman, M.D., CMHS pediatric hospitalist and chair of the Pediatrics Department; Robert Levin, M.D., health officer for the Ventura County Department of Public Health; and Donald J. Grundman, director of Vaccination Liberation and a community activist.

With a recent measles outbreak, parents and doctors have expressed strong opinions about the role vaccinations should play in society. California legislators passed Senate Bill 277, which removes all exemptions for school vaccination requirements except for medical reasons. Some groups, however, are working to repeal the law. The seminar will present both sides of the controversy.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800/838-3006.

Future scheduled Speaker Series events include: the Breast Cancer Symposium on Oct. 3 at the Ventura Beach Marriott; the Role of da Vinci Robotic Surgery for The Treatment of Endometriosis on Oct. 20 at Community Memorial Hospital; the Latest in Food Allergies on Nov. 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard; Ethics in Healthcare: Should Your Doctor Be Your Friend? on Nov. 12 at the Museum of Ventura County; TEDMED 2015 on Nov. 19 at the Museum of Ventura County, and Celiac Disease on Dec. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital.