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Type: Journal article
Title: Consent and public engagement in an era of expanded childhood immunisation
Author: Leask, J.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Kerridge, I.
Citation: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2011; 47(9):603-607
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1034-4810
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Julie Leask, Annette Braunack-Mayer and Ian Kerridge
Abstract: Childhood immunisation programmes have seen well-heralded successes in disease control. An increasing number of scheduled vaccines, narrowing risk–benefit ratios and public attention to vaccine safety raise new questions about consent. We first explore the challenges that this highly dynamic environment poses for valid consent. Then, we broaden this discussion to wider public engagement by suggesting how the public – the bearers of vaccine risk and benefit – can be better involved in immunisation policy.
Keywords: ethics
infectious diseases
shared decision-making
Rights: © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2011 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02160.x
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