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Vol. 6. Issue 2.
Pages 121-138 (July - December 2020)
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Vol. 6. Issue 2.
Pages 121-138 (July - December 2020)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.bioet.2020.03.002
Is keeping my child from getting the MMR vaccine unethical? Bioethical arguments for informed decision-making
¿Es ético evitar que a mi hijo le apliquen la vacuna triple viral? Argumentos bioéticos para una decisión informada
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Maria O. Valenzuela-Almada
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0171471@up.edu.mx

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, Benito E. Michel-Izeta, Stéphanie Derive
Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
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Measles is a viral illness that poses a potentially fatal threat to health all over the world, especially for children. Due to the increase in measles outbreaks in the last few years, and the ever-growing popularity of anti-vaccine groups, it needs to be determined whether or not vaccine refusal is ethical, as it is an important issue that can have an effect on parental decision-making. A brief review is presented on the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine and recent outbreaks, with special attention to the role of anti-vaccine movements. Diverse bioethical perspectives are discussed to answer this issue. Informed consent is advised for all settings and mandatory vaccination is suggested for high risk children and vulnerable groups, based on the bioethical analysis.

Keywords:
Measles
MMR
Bioethics
Conscientious objection
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El sarampión es una enfermedad viral que amenaza la salud de manera fatal en todo el mundo, en particular a los niños. Debido al reciente incremento en brotes de sarampión, así como a la creciente popularidad de los grupos anti-vacunas, pensamos que es importante determinar si el rechazo a la vacunación es ético, ya que puede tener un efecto en la toma de decisiones de los padres. Se realiza una breve revisión acerca de la vacuna contra sarampión, parotiditis y rubéola, así como de brotes recientes, enfocada en los movimientos anti-vacunas. Se utilizan diferentes corrientes bioéticas para dirimir la cuestión. Se recomienda el uso de consentimiento informado en todas las situaciones y se sugiere la vacunación obligatoria en poblaciones vulnerables de acuerdo al análisis bioético.

Palabras clave:
Sarampión
Triple viral
Bioética

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