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Rebuttal From Prof Silverman and Dr HendrixRebuttal From Prof Silverman and Dr Hendrix

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH; Kristin S. Hendrix, PhD
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From the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health (Prof Silverman); the McKinney School of Law (Prof Silverman); Children’s Health Services Research (Dr Hendrix), Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine; Indiana University Center for Bioethics (Dr Hendrix); and The Regenstrief Institute, Inc (Dr Hendrix).

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health, and McKinney School of Law, 714 N Senate Ave, EF250, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: rdsilver@iu.edu


FUNDING/SUPPORT: Dr Hendrix is supported by the National Institutes of Health [Grant K01AI110525].

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: R. D. S. has, in the past 3 years, received funding for his work as a mentor in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Georgia State University program on public health law education and has spoken publicly on the issue of vaccine law, policy, and ethics. K. S. H. has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and The Indiana University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Pediatric Project Development Team to study vaccine attitudes and decision-making. She has also been quoted by various public news and media outlets on the topic of childhood immunization and parental attitudes.

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Chest. 2015;148(4):856-857. doi:10.1378/chest.15-1164
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We agree with much of what Drs Schröder-Bäck and Martakis1 argue in their counterpoint editorial. The benefits of vaccination outweigh any individual and societal risks accrued by remaining unvaccinated. Ethical arguments in favor of mandating measles vaccination may outweigh appeals to liberty or individual or parental autonomy. Furthermore, mandates would minimize free-riding and maximize public fairness by appropriately imposing shared burdens across society. Where we largely diverge is how we would balance societal burdens when implementing policy to achieve such goals.

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