Is it ethical for a medical practice to dismiss a family based on their decision not to have their child immunized?

JONAS Healthc Law Ethics Regul. Oct-Dec 2011;13(4):122-4. doi: 10.1097/NHL.0b013e31823a61e5.


The parents' decision not to have their child immunized stirs up much controversy in the public sector and in the healthcare arena. Much debate surrounds not just the parents' choice but also the practitioner's decision to refuse care based on their refusal. This article presents a common and increasing scenario faced in pediatric practices and explores the ethical implications that it poses for the healthcare provider.

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Immunization / ethics*
  • Infant
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Treatment Refusal / ethics*
  • Vaccines / adverse effects


  • Vaccines