In response to doubts raised by program host Steve Goldstein's other guest, Martha Grout, a physician with the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Hodge noted that the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations have recommended the vaccine as safe.
"This vaccine does what we really have to do from a public health perspective, and that is to prevent the potential onset of more serious conditions," Hodge said. "There's no reason to toy or tinker with death or serious illnesses" that might arise from not using the vaccine.
To listen to the program, which aired on Friday, Nov. 20, click here.Through scholarly and applied work, Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. He teaches Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics, and Global Health Law and Policy at the College of Law.