Discussions about the ethics surrounding vaccinations bring up several interesting issues that are relevant not just with respect to vaccines but with respect to our outlook on the role and responsibility of the individual within the context of our larger society.
This talk will use the debate surrounding vaccinations to elucidate such topics as individual liberty and autonomy versus community responsibility. Concepts such as “free riders,” “herd immunity,” and the “social contract” will be explained. Finally, some controversies surrounding the alleged harms of vaccines will be addressed.
Dr. Martin Reis is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at St. Louis University and practices neuroradiology at St. Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. He has an interest in biomedical ethics. A native of St. Louis, Dr. Reis is also a member of the Ethical Society of St. Louis.