Text from - WHO checklist for influenza pandemic preparedness planning
6 WHO CHECKLIST FOR INFLUENZA PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS PLANNING
1.5.2 Ethical issues Rationale Ethical issues are closely related to legal issues as mentioned above. They are part of the normative framework that is needed to assess the cultural acceptability of measures such as quarantine or selective vaccination of predefined risk groups.
Questions to be addressed Have ethical aspects of policy decisions been considered? Is there a lead-ing ethical framework that can be used during the response to an outbreak to balance individual and population rights? Check Consider ethical questions related to limiting the availability of a scarce resource, such as rationed diagnostic laboratory testing, pandemic strain influenza vaccine or antiviral drugs. Consider ethical questions related to compulsory vaccination for health-care workers and workers from essential services. Consider the ethical issues related to limiting personal freedom, such as may occur with isolation and quarantine. Ensure the establishment of an ethical framework for research, especially when this involves human subjects.