Last month, the Nursing program at Simmons College contacted me and asked me to respond to this question:
Would you consider vaccines to be a public health issue requiring that they are mandated by the government, or that the issue is a personal choice to be made within the home?
It took me a while to respond because I felt it was a bit of a false dichotomy. However, it is a fair question to ask, and writing a question that balances the idea of rights and responsibilities without making them seem opposed to each other is difficult. Fortunately, along with some other smart people, they did publish part of my answer.
Here is my full, un-edited response:
The primary reason we immunize a child is to protect that child against disease. The science supports the decision to immunize individual children, and vaccines that are not effective for individuals or…
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