Vaccination: How do we balance freedom of choice and public welfare?

 
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Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements in history - they have helped save countless lives. Smallpox has been eradicated; polio is on its way out. Many public authorities across the world have made childhood vaccination mandatory, to speed up the elimination of life-threatening illnesses. Yet more and more people are fighting the idea of vaccinations.

 

What is the role of social media in this?

How can we ensure that the choice not to vaccinate is based on fact-checked information?

How should public authorities tackle the tricky challenge of respecting individual choices, while safeguarding public health? How can we stop this misinformation campaign?

 

Doctor giving an injection to a patient
Image courtesy of Hyttalo Souza on Unsplash

 

What do you think?

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Anssi Eboreime
  18 September 2019

Public health affects everyone. Vaccines are necessary and in this personal views are not very important. If we do not outright make them mandatory then we must follow the example set by Australia and set some sort of limits to those who do not vaccinate, like limit access to care. Those not vaccinated pose a danger not only to themselves but also to the weakest in our communities. Although it should be allowed for people to request tests prior to vaccination as to whether they have hypersensitivity/allergy if they so wish.

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