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Pediatrics. 2001 May;107(5):1158-64.

Ethics and immunization policy: promoting dialogue to sustain consensus.

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  • 1Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.


The societal consensus that has supported the United States' universal childhood immunization programs for the past 50 years shows signs of eroding. This article proposes a systematic approach to evaluate immunization policy options. Through a unifying framework that combines epidemiologic, economic, and ethical concerns, this approach promotes a clearer understanding of underlying issues and inherent tradeoffs between alternative policies. Such a systematic examination of policy options could facilitate the public dialogue necessary to continually recreate a broad consensus on immunization practices and enable us to choose policies most in accord with our fundamental values.

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