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|State mandatory vaccination laws have their roots in the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Jacobsen v Massachusetts. A Swedish Lutheran pastor, Reverend Henning Jacobsen and his son objected to a law requiring revaccination with smallpox vaccine because they had suffered severe reactions to the first vaccination. The nine Supreme Court justices at the turn of the century denied Jacobsen and his lawyers the right to present scientific evidence for harm caused by the smallpox vaccine, preferring to believe the lawyers representing public health officials who convinced them that doctors could predict ahead of time who would be injured by vaccination.|
I'm just wondering... I am talking about laws that a child needs to have a list of vaccines to attend public school or daycare. And did some states always have exemptions or are those newer additions?
And do you know who lobbied for those laws? I really would like to find out!
I now live in the US, but I'm from Germany and there are no laws for vaccines in school. I never even had a school physical, school and medical history are completely unrelated. So I find those laws here totally weird and oppressing (cause in East Germany we sure had those mandatory vaccination laws... So I find it quite dictatorial!).