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To the editor - Do we have an ethics issue?

April 24, 2015
From the April 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The ethics dilemma is clear: parents have the say about whether to vaccinate their own children, but in doing so, for those who choose not to vaccinate, their decision can impact other children. A child who is not vaccinated because of their parent’s choice puts those who do not have a choice at risk.

I was raised in a generation before and during the advent of the first measles vaccine. I have had the measles, rubella, and I was born with asymptomatic polio. When my father was stationed overseas we received the measles vaccine before we traveled to be with him. I have four healthy children each of whom received the MMR vaccine. For me, the ethical choice is to have all of my relatives who can receive the MMR vaccine inoculated against these life-threatening diseases.

About the writer: William Biddle is a health care M&A consultant. He is also a public business speaker as well as a member of ACG (Association of Corporate Growth) and a corporate mentor for the Wayne Brown Institute.

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