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oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology -
VACCINE HESITANCY: MAY I REFUSE TO TREAT THE CHILD?
- ethics

Volume 33 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-3607

 

Abstract

Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions in the world, yet vaccine hesitancy is found in many primary care and paediatric practices. Social, cultural and historical factors influence parental decision-making about vaccination. The main concern usually revolves around the safety of vaccines and potential risks to the child. Ethically, the dilemma is between respecting parental authority and an intervention that is in the child’s best interests. Some paediatric practices dismiss families who refuse to vaccinate their children, but this too is not in the child’s interests. The ideal solution is dialogue and engagement with the family in the hope that they will ultimately change their mind.

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2020-03-01
2020-07-04

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