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J Health Polit Policy Law. 2012 Feb;37(1):141-7. doi: 10.1215/03616878-1496047. Epub 2011 Oct 14.

Finding the proper balance between freedom and justice: why we should not eliminate personal belief exemptions to vaccine mandates.

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  • 1University of Washington.


Lantos and colleagues (this issue) propose to eliminate personal belief exemptions from school vaccine mandates, particularly for those vaccines that target deadly contagious childhood disease. They argue that not doing so would be unjust. In this counterpoint, we argue that, for reasons grounded in both health policy and morality, a just vaccine policy need not prohibit parents from claiming personal belief exemptions.

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