The ethical issues associated with immunization are complex. Each vaccine is a little different. Much has been written about parent attitudes, about physician attitudes, and about public policy. Because the issues are different for each vaccine, we will discuss each separately, and offer slides that specifically address the controversies about pertussis and MMR for children, HPV for adolescents, and influenza for health care workers.
We also include some more general articles that address the moral framework for any ethically defensible immunization policy.
THE IMMUNIZATION WAR - A PBS special with online viewing access showing both sides of the immunization issue
VACCINE PERCEPTION SURVEY - Results of a nationwide internet survey on the public's perception of vaccination