Ethics of maternal immunization

Immunization of pregnant women is an important strategy to protect women, fetuses and infants against infections like tetanus, and in the future possibly also Zika. But it is also controversial since regulators, professionals, and the public are often reluctant to accept pharmaceutical interventions during pregnancy. A Wageningen philosopher and WHO scientists analyzed possible ethical problems of maternal immunization. They argue that maternal immunization should be offered in response to clear and severe risks for mother and child. The analysis resulted in practical guidance for immunization policies.

For more information continue to this The Lancet article.