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We're not allowed to discuss the merits of mandatory vaccination on MDC, but I'll just throw a couple of links out there to ponder.

http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/wp-conte...-are-doing-more-harm-than-good-_-The-BMJ1.pdf

http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PIIS1473309915001565.pdf

In light of some noisy fanaticism we've been hearing lately, it's refreshing to hear some unequivocally pro-vaccine doctors and academics voice their opposition to banning non-medical exemptions. I agree with them wholeheartedly this policy move is going to backfire by creating animosity and exacerbating mistrust.

I find it interesting that both of these editorials are in British journals. I haven't heard a lot of noise in Britain about compulsory vaccination. I'm curious if these authors tried to submit them to American journals like JAMA or Pediatrics. NEJM might have taken them . . .
 

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This is the viewpoint I have always posted. I am not in favour of mandates. I do not believe they will work.

I think "the land of the free" has an interesting history with forcing its citizens to do things which have never worked (e.g. prohibition).
 

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Yes, the US has an odd history when it comes to moralizing legislation.

But the history of forced vaccinations in the UK is pretty dark (especially in the way that it was mainly being forced on poor people) and provides a good reason for the broad opposition to mandates.
 
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I find it interesting that one of the articles talks about distrust of government and pharmaceutical companies.

This distrust has fueled the strong backlash against the HPV vaccine mandate in Rhode Island.
 
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