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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Cross-cultural Issues and Diverse Beliefs

Case 1 Discussion

The risk faced by unimmunized individuals is relatively low, and the mother's refusal to immunize does not pose a significant likelihood of serious harm to her child. The physician should be sure that the child's mother understands the risks of remaining unimmunized and attempt to correct any misconceptions about the degree of risk associated with getting immunized. If the mother persists in her request, the physician should respect her wishes.

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