Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Sally Vliem

Second Advisor

Susn Houtrouw


The topic of the thesis is vaccine refusal dilemmas. The focus is on the current issue of the decreasing immunization rates in children. Children are a vulnerable population and rely on their parents to make healthcare decisions for them. This thesis will address the parents’ standpoint on immunizations, the providers’ standpoint on the situation, and the sources of vaccination information available, then determine vaccine refusal dilemmas that may result. The main population of focus will be pediatric patients including their families and their providers. Dilemmas associated with vaccine refusal and/or hesitancy will include present and existing issues as well as possible and future problems that may be seen. This thesis will also cover possible ethical dilemmas that may come into play when the physician chooses to discontinue care for a client who is not vaccinated.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Nursing Commons