AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2012, Volume 14, Number 1.

Ethics Poll

Vaccination

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Health care professionals who cannot (for medical reasons) or do not wish to be vaccinated against an infectious disease should not be allowed to have contact with patients during an outbreak of that disease.
Which of following do you think are justifiable reasons to refuse vaccinations for oneself or one's children? Check all that apply.
Researchers are working on a vaccine that would interfere with the nervous system’s response to stress. The existence of a “stress vaccine” is controversial because, while the effects of chronic stress are harmful, the short term effects (associated with the “flight or fight” response) of acute stress are often considered protective. Which of the following best expresses what you think about a vaccine to counteract the nervous system’s response to stress?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.