In 2019 alone, over 300 cases of measles have been reported according to the Center for Disease Control. This outbreak has led to a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of mandating that parents vaccinate their children against certain diseases.
Those who support mandatory vaccines believe they are necessary for public safety. They argue that most of the reported cases of measles have occurred in areas where there are large numbers of unvaccinated people. Thus, they argue that not choosing to not be vaccinated is not just a personal choice, but one that also affects neighbors and the greater community.
Those who oppose mandatory vaccinations believe that doing so would be a violation of personal liberty. This side argues that parents, not the government, should be able to decide what medical treatment their children receive. They fear that a lack of control over vaccine choices would lead to further state encroachments on personal decisions. Additionally, others argue that it would be a violation of religious freedom to require certain faith groups to vaccinate their children that do not wish to do so. What do you think? Should vaccines in the United States be compulsory?