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Type: Journal article
Title: Childhood tetanus in Australia: ethical issues for a should-be-forgotten preventable disease
Author: Goldwater, P.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Power, R.
Henning, P.
Gold, M.
Donald, T.
Jureidini, J.
Finlay, C.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2003; 178(4):175-177
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Paul N Goldwater, Annette J Braunack-Mayer, Richard G Power, Paul H Henning, Mike S Gold, Terence G Donald, Jon N Jureidini and Christine F Finlay
Abstract: Refusal of a parent to have a child vaccinated against tetanus raised ethical issues for the treating clinicians. The clinicians felt their duty to the child was compromised, but recognised that our society leaves the authority for such decisions with the parents. As there was no reason, other than different beliefs about vaccination, to doubt the parent's care for the child, the clinicians limited their response to providing strong recommendations in favour of vaccination. Other issues raised by this case include community protection, and the costs to the community of treating a vaccine-preventable disease.
Keywords: Humans; Tetanus; Vaccination; Parents; Decision Making; Ethics, Clinical; Adult; Child; Australia
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
RMID: 0020030284
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05136.x
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