Implementation of Immunization Program: Does it Need Informed Consent?

Implementation of Immunization Program: Does it Need Informed Consent?
Rani Tiyas Budiyanti, Ayun Sriatmi, Nikie Astorina Yunita Dewanti
Indian Journal of Health & Medical Law, 2018; 1(2) pp 51-54
Immunization program is important to prevent children from getting diseases that can be prevented by immunization. However, in the implementation of this program there were some controversies and rejections related to adverse events following immunization (AEFI), belief, and halal factor. This study aims to determine whether informed consent regarding immunization programs needs to be done considering the importance of immunization for children’s health. This research is a normative research with statue and comparative approach. The data comes from law, journal, proceedings, and articles about health law. In many countries, informed consent was needed in immunization program. But there is, any exception according to belief, philosophy, culture, and religion. In Indonesia, implementation of government program not needs informed consent. But it is not consistent with other regulation about implementation of immunization program. Indonesia needs to review the regulations regarding immunization and synchronize between regulations, so that in the implementation there are no conflicting regulations and overlapping with each other.

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