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Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
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The Ethics of Vaccination

Authors: Giubilini, Alberto

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  • Comprehensively discusses the individual, collective, and institutional responsibility for vaccination and herd immunity
  • Offers a philosophical analysis of the ethical issues that vaccination and vaccination policy raise in terms of moral responsibility
  • Clarifies what individuals, collectives, and citizens may and should do in order to achieve herd immunity from vaccine preventable infectious diseases
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About this book

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.


About the authors

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 Australia, working on different topics in bioethics and philosophy more generally.


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Vaccination: Facts, Relevant Concepts, and Ethical Challenges

    Giubilini, Alberto

    Pages 1-27

  • Vaccination and Herd Immunity: Individual, Collective, and Institutional Responsibilities

    Giubilini, Alberto

    Pages 29-58

  • Vaccination Policies and the Principle of Least Restrictive Alternative: An Intervention Ladder

    Giubilini, Alberto

    Pages 59-93

  • Fairness, Compulsory Vaccination, and Conscientious Objection

    Giubilini, Alberto

    Pages 95-123

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02068-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02067-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Vaccination
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02068-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02068-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02067-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 126
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