The Moral Case For The Routine Vaccination Of Children In Developed And Developing Countries

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In developed countries some parents have decided not to provide routine vaccinations for their children, while in many developing countries there are inadequate rates of vaccination for various reasons. The consequences for children, and members of the community in which they live, can be significant and even tragic. Although some parents may worry that vaccines will harm their child, there is a broader moral case for vaccination that parents and policy makers should consider. This case has four components: benefits and harms, best interests, community benefits, and justice. This moral case should be central to deliberations about vaccination by parents and policy makers.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1033
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

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