Treatment and Religious Beliefs
or Not to Vaccinate: That is the Question". Caren Shapiro,
D'Youville College. State University of New York at Buffalo’s
National Center for Case Study Teaching.
This case study explores
the issues surrounding the necessity and consequences of
vaccination. The case was prompted by a newspaper story about a
couple who refused on religious grounds to have their son
vaccinated even though vaccination is a requirement for admission
to the public schools.
The case is suitable for both
non-majors and allied health biology courses.
Case Study Involving Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine" by
John Bennett, Carroll College. The National Center for Case
Studies Teaching in Science.
This interrupted case study
presents a discussion about the benefits of the influenza vaccine
between Mary, a nursing student, and her coworker, Karen. Karen is
not convinced by Mary's arguments in favor of vaccination, and she
counters with several common rationalizations for not getting the
vaccine. Students work in small groups to evaluate the arguments
for and against vaccination from the perspective of each woman. In
addressing the questions associated with the case, students learn
about the general biology of viral infections, treatment of
infections, and immunity.
The case was designed for use in
an entry-level course in
microbiology for nursing students or a first-year biology course
Articles in "Taking
1. "Should Adolescents Make
Their Own Life-and-Death Decisions?" Levine, Carol. Taking Sides: Bioethical
Issues, eleventh edition.
- YES: Ethicist Robert F. Weir and pediatrician Charles Peters
assert that adolescents with normal cognitive and developmental
skills have the capacity to make decisions about their own
health care. Advance directives, if used appropriately, can give
older pediatric patients a voice in their care. (from "Affirming
the Decisions Adolescents Make About Life and Death", Hastings
Center Report, November-December 1997).
- NO: Pediatrician Lainie Friedman Ross counters that parents
should be responsible for making their child's health care
decisions. Children need to develop virtues, such as
self-control, that will enhance their long-term, not just
immediate, autonomy. (from "Health Care Decision-making by
Children: Is It in Their Best Interest?", Hastings
Center Report, November-December 1997)