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Education And Debate

Concerns about immunisation

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:240

A concern about ethics


I would like to raise a some what different but pertinent issue. It
is acknowledged (1) that parental concerns should be taken seriously and
also that no vaccine is 100% effective or safe. But how often do parents
'routinely' receive this information from the immunisation providers?

When parents take their children for immunisations, consent is
implied. However, does it not fall short of 'informed' consent? Such a
practice provides ammunition to the anti-immunisation camps' rhetoric.

Subra Vemulpad
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109

1. Bedford H, Elliman D. Concerns about immunisation. BMJ

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 August 2000
Subra Vemulpad
Macquarie University Sydney