In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, Author David Ropeik writes that the government should regulate and require vaccination.
He cites statistic such as a measles outbreak caused by one person, which “cost two local hospitals a total of nearly $800,000, and the state and local health departments tens of thousands more, to track down the cases, quarantine and treat the sick and notify the thousands of people who might have been exposed.”
Ropeik suggests making it difficult to opt out of vaccination, and imposing restrictions on social activities like school trips for people who haven’t been vaccinated.
Ropeik says, “This is about calling on government to do what it’s there for in the first place: to protect us from the actions of others when as individuals we can’t protect ourselves. It is appropriate, and urgent, that we act to protect public health from those whose choices about vaccines are putting the rest of us at risk: We make them stop.”
In other words, if a parent chooses not to vaccinate their child, fine. But then that child, who is now a potential danger to him or herself AND others, shouldn’t have the right to be around and to endanger other children.
It’s an interesting and somewhat reasonable line of thought. What do you think?
Here are some of my blogs on vaccinations over the last year:
- Florida measles cases increasing as parents have children exempted from vaccinations
- Pediatric society rejects ‘personal belief’ exemption for vaccination of kids
- Measles, other childhood diseases reemerging as parents refuse vaccines
- CDC: US experiencing largest measles outbreak in 15 years
- Alternative Medicine and Children – Part 6 – Vaccination and Alternative Medicine
- Unbelievable: Nearly half of Americans still suspect disproven vaccine-autism link
- Public health officials urged to hold national discussion on vaccine risks, benefits
- Investigator Planned to Make Vast Profit From Autism/MMR Vaccine Scare
- New Practice Guideline Takes Aim at Pain of Childhood Immunizations
- Autism and Childhood Vaccinations: The Myth is Finally Debunked
- More Evidence That Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism
- U.K. bans doctor who linked autism to MMR vaccine
- Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California: Six Babies Die
- Low immunization rates linked to epidemic spread of whooping cough
- Delaying childhood vaccinations offer no benefit to children, and may be harmful
- Several vaccines at once absolutely OK for kids’ brains: Study
- Unvaccinated Children at Center of Measles Outbreak