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Virtual Mentor. January 2012, Volume 14, Number 1: 1-88.

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January 2012 Contents

Vaccines and Ethics

Ethics Poll

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?

From the Editor

Vaccination: A Victim of Its Own Success
Matthew Janko
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:3-4.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

The HPV Vaccine and Parental Consent
Commentary by Donna T. Chen, Lois Shepherd, and Daniel M. Becker
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:5-12.

Writing an Excuse or Educating the Patient
Commentary by John J. Frey III
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:13-16.

Treating Children Whose Parents Refuse to Have Them Vaccinated
Commentary by Kimberly Insel
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:17-22.

Medical Education

Residents’ Role in Immunizing Adults: Rationale, Opportunity, Obstacles, and Strategies
Jay A. Jacobson
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:23-29.

The Code Says

The American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physicians’ Responsibility to be Vaccinated
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:30.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and the Supreme Court's Interpretation
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:31-34.

Policy Forum

Should Participation in Vaccine Clinical Trials be Mandated?
Susanne Sheehy and Joel Meyer
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:35-38.

Medicine and Society

The HPV Vaccine Controversy
Karlie A. Intlekofer, Michael J. Cunningham, and Arthur L. Caplan
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:39-49.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

New Media, Old Messages: Themes in the History of Vaccine Hesitancy and Refusal
Jason L. Schwartz
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:50-55.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Closing Immunization Gaps in the U.S: How a Little Collusion Could Go a Long Way
Jeremy Konstam
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:56-59.

An Ethical Take on the “Stress Vaccine”
Jennifer M. Ladd and Leo D. J. Ungar
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:60-67.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:68-85.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:86-88.