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Exploring vaccination objectors’ ethical obligations to the community

Professor Steve Clarke from Charles Sturt University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a philosopher specialising in issues related to conscientious objection.

He recently co-authored a paper on the obligations of parents who object on religious, moral or philosophical reasons to vaccinating their children.

“People refuse to be immunised for a variety of reasons including the belief that vaccines cause health problems, are not effective, or are manufactured in unsafe ways,” Clarke said. “My research specifically looks at people who refuse vaccination on conscientious grounds, that is, for religious, moral or philosophical reasons.”

You can read Clarke et al’s paper at Bioethics’ website.

Early Learning Review spoke with professor Clarke about those obligations and other issues relating to conscientious objection.

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