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Public health ethics and practice$
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Stephen Peckham and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421029

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.001.0001

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A call for clearer vaccine exemption typology to improve population health

A call for clearer vaccine exemption typology to improve population health

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(p.171) ELEVEN A call for clearer vaccine exemption typology to improve population health
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Public health ethics and practice
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Erica Sutton

Ross Upshur

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0011

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

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