Mandatory vaccination programs

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Mandatory vaccination programs

Innlegg Panther 27 Aug 2011, 11:40

Vaccines: Jenner, Pasteur, and the Dawn of Scientific Medicine (Part 1 of 2)
27 August 2011 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

With the issue of mandatory vaccination programs for infants and children, lines have been drawn in the sand.

With the issue of mandatory vaccination programs for infants and children, lines have been drawn in the sand. On one side, we find concerned parents, increasingly being supported by dissenting physicians and scientists troubled by the serious side effects of vaccines, which have, in fact, been reported with greater frequency, including serious neurological deficits and even death. Physicians on this side of the line have not only asked for more open data and information to the public, but question the statistics as it regards specifically risks versus benefit studies, the need for adhering to the individual-based ethics and admonition of Hippocrates of first doing no harm, and allowance for more parental involvement and freedom of choice --- that is, the right of parents to refuse to give their children certain vaccines; and full informed consent for parents --- that is, complete disclosure of all pertinent information relating to vaccine safety and efficacy.

On the other side of the line, we find government bureaucrats, public health officials, central planners, and much of the organized medical establishment militating for a greater role of government in "developing immunization strategies," developing tracking databases, increasing medical surveillance, and accelerating the pace of vaccine development, as well as enlarging the scope of mandatory vaccine programs already in place, particularly for infants and pre-school children. This group is bolstered not only by the coercive power and financial coffers of the federal government but also by the new collectivist, utilitarian ethics of population-based medicine. Recently, this group has even invoked history and the past necessities of medical authorities for using a variety of public strategies which may at times infringe on individual liberty.
Ken-G. Johansen.
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