Ethics of Immunization

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Ethics of Immunization
Heather Bonner
Bryant & Stratton College
PHIL 250
Instructor: Mr. Adams
April 7, 2016

Ethics of Immunization Immunizations have been a topic of discussion since the seventeenth century, when the first vaccine was created. Immunizations are an ethical issue, because a lot of parents believe they should not be mandated to children before entering into school. In the healthcare field it will be important to keep personal and professional ethics separate. Some parents have very strong feelings on the issue. Within certain religions, the body is a sacred temple that should not receive any chemicals and be healed through natural means. Parents are using religion as an excuse to exempt their children from vaccines. Medical and religious exemptions are the only way to go around the federal mandated law, to vaccinate all school aged kids before entering public schools. Others believe vaccinating your kids are saving time, money and protecting future generations. Offering vaccine information and respecting parents or guardians choices, despite personal feelings, are required in all facilities. Most decisions we make are based off of our personal beliefs (ethics) and values. As a medical assistant, I will need to carry myself in a professional manner. Organizations for the health occupations also have formalized codes of ethics to govern behavior of members and increase level of competence and standards of care within a group. Included among these are the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, and the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Medical Assistants to name a few (Judson & Harrison, 2013, p.10). Violations of these codes can result in suspension or eviction from the medical society, as decided by a board of peers. Sometimes personal ethics may conflict with…...

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