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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Cross-cultural Issues and Diverse Beliefs

Case 1

A mother brings her 18-month-old daughter to your office for a routine physical examination. The child has had no immunizations. Her mother says that they believe that vaccines weaken the immune system and have heard that vaccination can cause autism.

What is your role in this situation? Can parents refuse to immunize their children?

Discussion

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