Vaccine hesitancy: parental, professional and public responsibility



The opposition to vaccinations is a well-known phenomenon that dates back to the Victorian age when it was self-limited by the awareness of the importance to be proctect against fearsome infectious diseases. In recent years a complex mixture of contextual factors have promoted its amplification, leading experts to study causes and consequences of the so called "vaccine hesitancy". Several studies have shown the impact for children and for the community of the refusal or hesitation towards vaccinations from different point of views, including epidemiological, clinical, social and economic evaluation. This article would provide an analysis of the vaccine hesitancy from an ethical perspective: parental, professional and public responsibility have been analysed and described according to the "responsibility of the fathers towards the children," as articulated by Hans Jonas in 1979.
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Maria Luisa Di Pietro

Andrea Poscia - Institute of Public Health – Section of Hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Anna Adele Teleman

Davide Maged

Walter Ricciardi

How to Cite
Di Pietro, M. L., Poscia, A., Teleman, A. A., Maged, D., & Ricciardi, W. (2017). Vaccine hesitancy: parental, professional and public responsibility. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 53(2), 157–162. Retrieved from
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