Primum non nocereo ~ First, Do No Harm
~ Oath Taken by All Health Practitioners ~
Non-maleficence, which is derived from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school and is a fundamental principle throughout the world. Another way to state it is that, “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.”
It reminds the health care provider that they must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. It is invoked when debating the use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm but a less certain chance of benefit.
From the American Medical Association
“The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. Furthermore, the AMA says, the patient should make his or her own determination about treatment. “
“The physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient or to the individual responsible for the patient’s care and to make recommendations for management in accordance with good medical practice. “ (Source)
Legally, ethically, and morally the American Medical Association declares that parents should have properly informed consent before making medical decisions. Hopefully, this website helps the AV Community, all healthcare practitioner’s, parents and others get better informed and educated.
Currently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 and 69 doses by age 18. (Source)
Educating yourself as to what ingredients are in each vaccine recommended, potential risks associated with the different vaccines and whether the state has the right and power to require parents to vaccinate, is the reason this site was created for the community of AV.