The Ethics Of Vaccination

January 10, 2019|
The Ethics Of Vaccination by Alberto Giubilini
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This open access book discusses individual, collective, and institutional responsibilities with regard to vaccination from the perspective of philosophy and public health ethics. It addresses the issue of what it means for a collective to be morally responsible for the realisation of herd immunity and what the implications of collective responsibility are for individual and institutional responsibilities.

The first chapter introduces some key concepts in the vaccination debate, such as 'herd immunity', 'public goods', and 'vaccine refusal'; and explains why failure to vaccinate raises certain ethical issues. The second chapter analyses, from a philosophical perspective, the relationship between individual, collective, and institutional responsibilities with regard to the realisation of herd immunity. The third chapter is about the principle of least restrictive alternative in public health ethics and its implications for vaccination policies. Finally, the fourth chapter presents an ethical argument for unqualified compulsory vaccination, i.e. for compulsory vaccination that does not allow for any conscientious objection. 

The book will appeal to philosophers interested in public health ethics and the general public interested in the philosophical underpinning of different arguments about our moral obligations with regard to vaccination.


Alberto Giubilini, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at Oxford Martin School and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford, UK. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Milan, Italy, and has held previous appointments at Monash University, University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University, all in Austral...
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Title:The Ethics Of VaccinationFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:126 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inShipping dimensions:126 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inPublished:January 10, 2019Publisher:Palgrave Pivot USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030020673

ISBN - 13:9783030020675

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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