Mandating vaccine good
If the fear of infections from the unvaccinated justifies mandatory vaccine laws, then why shouldn't police offices fine or arrest people who don't wash their hands or cover their noses or mouths when they cough or sneeze in public?
This right extends to private businesses concerned that unvaccinated individuals could pose a risk to their employees and customers.If government can mandate that children receive vaccines, then why shouldn't the government mandate that adults receive certain types of vaccines?And if it is the law that individuals must be vaccinated, then why shouldn't police officers be empowered to physically force resisters to receive a vaccine?I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object.Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.These proposals may seem outlandish, but they are no different in principle from the proposal that government force children to be vaccinated.
By giving vaccine companies a captive market, mandates encourage these companies to use their political influence to expand the amount of vaccine mandates.
Instead of justifying new government intrusion into our lives, the vaccine debate provides more evidence of the need to restore respect for private property and individual liberty. He is currently chairman of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
Commentary by Ron Paul, a 12-term member of Congress and a three-time U.
UPDATE/NOTE: A bloggist for the Pittsburgh City Paper claimed that in this article, I “denounced the medical professionals” who weighed in during the public comment period in favor of making HPV vaccination mandatory at the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Read the article and decide for yourself: did I “denounce” the medical professionals?
An example of how vaccine mandates may have led politics to override sound science is from my home state of Texas.