Ethics, Public Health, and Immunization Mandates

Ransom, James MPH; Swain, Geoffrey R. MD, MPH; Duchin, Jeffrey S. MD, FACP, FIDSA

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: July/August 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 4 - p 410–412
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000324572.97189.06
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The article discusses about public health and immunization mandates and provides strategies on how to make decisions about vaccine mandates judiciously and within a sphere of ethics specific to public health practice.

James Ransom, MPH, is Senior Analyst, Immunization and Infectious Disease Policy, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC.

Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, MPH, is Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health.

Jeffrey S. Duchin, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is Chief, Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section, Public Health—Seattle & King County, Seattle, Washington.

Corresponding Author: James Ransom, MPH, Immunization and Infectious Disease Policy, National Association of County and City Health Officials, 1100 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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