Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Vaccinate Your Children Or Go To Prison!

As doctors struggle to eradicate polio worldwide, one of their biggest problems is persuading parents to vaccinate their children. In Belgium, authorities are resorting to an extreme measure: prison sentences.
Two sets of parents in Belgium were recently handed five month prison terms for failing to vaccinate their children against polio. Each parent was also fined 4,100 euros ($8,000).

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you think this to be fair?
-Is it an issue of the greater good?
-Should the government be able to force anyone to inject substances into their children where long term effects are unknown (long term as in multiple generations)?
-What would you do in the above situation?

1 comment:

Craig said...

This reminds me of the debate about the vaccine for teenage girls to prevent cervical cancer. My personal opinion is that it should be an individual's choice and not the governments. I think the punishment is excessive.

As someone who had the government force me to take vaccinations while in the Navy, I strongly oppose this law.