Why Vaccination Is Necessary For Children

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In Jordan, a 2-month-old infant, Sameer, came to the pediatric clinic with his parents for a well-child exam. Health care records showed that the baby was born at term and the pregnancy and delivery were uncomplicated. The exam and discussion went well until the physician started to bring up the subject of immunizations. The parents stated that they had decided to delay vaccination because they had a concern regarding the risk of autism and the side effects associated with vaccination. The parent stated that they read a lot on the internet websites about the complications associated with vaccines, and they believe that the natural immunity is better than vaccine immunity and that the vaccine is overwhelming the immune system. While trying…show more content…
I believe that the parent’s action was ethically wrong and the choice to not vaccinate the child is not in the best interest of their child. To support my stand, I will use the Principlism approach articulated by Beauchamp and Childress (B&C) in their textbook principles of biomedical ethics (Beauchamp & Childress, 2013). B & C thoroughly develop and advocate for four principles that lie at the core of moral reasoning in health care: respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice. The reason behind selecting this approach is because these Principles derived from the “common morality” and thus, they are universally binding in all healthcare settings everywhere. The principles are binding regardless of the ethical theory one adhere to or believe in, because everybody recognizes the importance and the strength of the common morality. Consequently, the Principlism approach provides a means for proceeding with ethical analysis, even when persons disagree in theoretical matters.
Consideration of the ethical issue using the Principlism approach:
I. Respect of autonomy
Sameer’s perspective is central to evaluating the case. However, a child of two -month-old is incapable of autonomous decisions, and has never at any previous time been capable of autonomous decisions. Thus, the decision to vaccinate becomes a substituted decision that must be rendered by someone with “authority” or legal appointee-typically parents (Hickey, 2007). There are several
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