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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Professor Dorit R. Reiss on Making Parents Liable for Not Vaccinating Kids

Say an unvaccinated child has the measles and passes the disease onto a baby who’s too young to be vaccinated. If that baby gets ill (or worse), should its parents be able to sue the infected child’s parents for negligence?

That’s the question that’s recently been raised by one bioethicist in the Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics, and discussed recently by Professor Dorit R. Reiss and Arthur Caplan, Head of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, on Los Angeles' KPCC.

While some opt out for religious or philosophical reasons, or because of a prior reaction to vaccinations, others choose to forgo vaccinations due to personal beliefs—that’s a choice that proponents of vaccinations argue is a threat to public health and safety. But some public safety advocates now that say choice should come at a cost that looks realistically at the risk of not vaccinating.

Listen to the full discussion on KPCC.

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