Should vaccinations of children against common infectious diseases be compulsory?

Should vaccinations of children against common infectious diseases be compulsory?

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Despite medical progress, preventable disease continues to affect millions of people, and vaccines for many of these are readily available. Vaccinating children is one way of halting their spread.

Answered on June 17, 2017.
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The consequences of a parent’s child becoming infected are not just borne by that child, or that parent, but also the local community, who are at risk as well.  However, forcing vaccination on all school children might be seen as overly paternalistic and parents may see this as a loss of their freedom to choose how to care for their child.  In terms of the four pillars, this comes down to a choice between autonomy and non-maleficience — it’s a difficult balancing act.

Answered on June 17, 2017.
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