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A call for clearer vaccine exemption typology to improve population health

Erica Sutton and Ross Upshur

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0011
A call for clearer vaccine exemption typology to improve population health

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This chapter explores a central theme in public health ethics, specifically how far it is ethically defensible to use different forms of social influence to ensure that individuals comply with immunisation policies that are designed to serve the good of the population. It discusses key aspects of the vaccination debate and shows how critical, philosophical examination of vaccination discourse can contribute positively to future discussions and policy decisions surrounding vaccination programmes. It also considers the health benefits of vaccination and the balance of individual autonomy and the good of the population.

Keywords: public health ethics; immunisation policies; social influence; vaccination debate; health benefits; individual autonomy

Chapter.  6176 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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