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Vaccines: Penalizing the Unvaccinated?


 In a recent article titled, "Endangering the Herd," Slate argues that those refusing to receive vaccines should be penalized, and the act of refusing to be vaccinated be criminalized.

The article would claim:

 Parents who don't vaccinate their kids may have the most heartfelt reason in the world: fear for their own children's safety. But the basis for that fear is simply unfounded, and their decisions are putting other kids directly at risk. The bottom line is that the government's interest in protecting children from getting the measles should trump parents' interest in making medical decisions for their kids

In an attempt to lend credibility to the article's premise – particularly that fears of vaccinations are unfounded – it cites a fictional television show and repeated assurances from governments that there is no link between vaccines and otherwise unexplained conditions like autism.

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