Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
public health, anti-vaccine movement, measles virus, immunizations
In this thesis I present a brief history of vaccination, the anti-vaccine movement, the measles virus, and the associated risks to children and adults. I then discuss the factors contributing to parental vaccine hesitancy and resistance, consider issues of under-vaccination, herd immunity, and the underlying ethical issues. Finally, I address exemptions to school-required immunizations and argue for the elimination of both philosophical and religious exemptions, while examining parental moral responsibility when it comes to the health and safety of one’s own children and those with whom they may come in contact.
Silver, Harlie, "Ethical Issues of Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance to the MMR Vaccine" (2017). Honors Theses. 86.