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Should Pneumococcal Vaccination be Required with Cochlear Implants?

Objectives and Disclosures

Participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze key ethical considerations when determining the appropriateness of a vaccination requirement, including whether vaccination is context-specific, community-oriented, time-sensitive, and without reasonable alternatives.
  2. Assess connections between vaccination requirements for cochlear implant surgery and broader contextual issues including justice for Deaf persons and antimicrobial stewardship.
  3. Examine critically, the ethical implications of "bundling" services, using bundling vaccination with cochlear implant surgery as an example case.

Planners and speaker disclose they have no relevant financial relationships.


Olivia Kates, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Berman Institute of Bioethics
David Horn, MD
Associate Professor, UW; Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Seattle Children’s



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