Addressing vaccine hesitancy requires an ethically consistent health strategy

BMC Medical Ethics
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(Accessed 27 Oct 2018 )

Debate
|   24 October 2018
Addressing vaccine hesitancy requires an ethically consistent health strategy
Vaccine hesitancy is a growing threat to public health. The reasons are complex but linked inextricably to a lack of trust in vaccines, expertise and traditional sources of authority. Efforts to increase immunization uptake in children in many countries that have seen a fall in vaccination rates are two-fold: addressing hesitancy by improving healthcare professional-parent exchange and information provision in the clinic; and, secondly, public health strategies that can override parental concerns and values with coercive measures such as mandatory and presumptive vaccination.
Authors: Laura Williamson and Hannah Glaab