Vaccination Ethics And Policy: An Introduction With Readings

Hardcover | January 27, 2017

EditorJason L. Schwartz, Arthur L. Caplan

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Vaccination has long been a familiar, highly effective form of medicine and a triumph of public health. Because vaccination is both an individual medical intervention and a central component of public health efforts, it raises a distinct set of legal and ethical issues -- from debates over their risks and benefits to the use of government vaccination requirements -- and makes vaccine policymaking uniquely challenging. This volume examines the full range of ethical and policy issues related to the development and use of vaccines in the United States and around the world. Forty essays, articles, and reports by experts in the field look at all aspects of the vaccine life cycle. After an overview of vaccine history, they consider research and development, regulation and safety, vaccination promotion and requirements, pandemics and bioterrorism, and the frontier of vaccination.

The texts cover such topics as vaccine safety controversies; the ethics of vaccine trials; vaccine injury compensation; vaccine refusal and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases; equitable access to vaccines in emegencies; lessons from the eradication of smallpox; and possible future vaccines against cancer, malaria, and Ebola.

The volume intentionally includes texts that take opposing viewpoints, offering readers a range of arguments. The book will be an essential reference for professionals, scholars, and students.

Contributors includeJeffrey P. Baker, Seth Berkley, Luciana Borio, Arthur L. Caplan, R. Alta Charo, Dave A. Chokshi, James Colgrove, Katherine M. Cook, Louis Z. Cooper, Edward Cox, Douglas S. Diekema, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Claudia I. Emerson, Geoffrey Evans, Ruth R. Faden, Chris Feudtner, David P. Fidler, Fiona Godlee, D. A. Henderson, Alan R. Hinman, Peter Hotez, Robert M. Jacobson, Aaron S. Kesselheim, Heidi J. Larson, Robert J. Levine, Donald W. Light, Adel Mahmoud, Edgar G. Marcuse, Howard Markel, Michelle M. Mello, Paul A. Offit, Saal B. Omer, Walter A. Orenstein, Gregory A. Poland, Lance E. Rodewald, Daniel A. Salmon, Anne Schuchat, Jason L. Schwartz, Peter A. Singer, Michael Specter, Alexandra Minna Stern, Jeremy Sugarman, Thomas R. Talbot, Robert Temple, Stephen P. Teret, Alan Wertheimer, Tadataka Yamada

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Vaccination has long been a familiar, highly effective form of medicine and a triumph of public health. Because vaccination is both an individual medical intervention and a central component of public health efforts, it raises a distinct set of legal and ethical issues -- from debates over their risks and benefits to the use of governm...

Jason L. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and in the History of Medicine at Yale University. Arthur L. Caplan is Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:January 27, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262035332

ISBN - 13:9780262035330

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This is an essential book for anyone interested in or working on vaccines. It's a near-perfect combination of rigorous scholarship, timeliness, and readability, with contributions from virtually all of the leading scholars tackling these issues. Absolutely first-rate.