Libertarians are split about mandatory vaccination. Those opposed claim it "violates individual liberty" and/or buy into anti-vaxer denialism and conspiracy theories. Some support mandatory vaccination because otherwise you are putting others at risk. But the fact of the matter is that mandatory vaccination resulted in the only human disease eradication to date: smallpox, which killed roughly 5 million per year.
Recent outbreaks of measles (2019) around the world have been occurring where herd immunity (UNICEF says vaccination rates of at least 95% are needed to prevent outbreaks) does not exist. Many of those locales have had low rates of vaccination because of anti-vaccination disinformation. The example of American Samoa had more than 4000 cases (in a nation of 200,000) and more than 60 deaths, mostly of children under 5. More than 190,000 died of measles worldwide in 2018. All preventable.
- Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999 Impact of Vaccines Universally Recommended for Children -- United States, 1990-1998 [More...]
- "During the 20th century, substantial achievements have been made in the control of many vaccine-preventable diseases. This report documents the decline in morbidity from nine vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications -- smallpox, along with the eight diseases for which vaccines had been recommended for universal use in children as of 1990. Four of these diseases are detailed: smallpox has been eradicated, poliomyelitis caused by wild-type viruses has been eliminated, and measles and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) invasive disease among children aged less than 5 years have been reduced to record low numbers of cases."
- Anti-Vaccine Decision-Making and Measles Resurgence in the United States [More...]
- An NIH Global Pediatric Health article that presents "an overview of the major social, psychological, and technological factors that led to these outbreaks".
- Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines [More...]
- The number of infected people, measured over 70-some years and across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showing huge declines after vaccines were introduced.
- Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination [More...]
- "Thus, the decision not to vaccinate your child is not just a personal decision. It has implications for others around you. The consumer model of medicine does not apply; we are all connected... Libertarianism isn’t good for kids. And Rand Paul, a doctor, ought to know better."
- Refusing Vaccination Puts Others At Risk [More...]
- Subtitled "A pragmatic argument for coercive vaccination", this Reason Magazine article points out the science about the externalities of being unvaccinated. Read the 600+ comments for typical examples of libertarian rejection of science in favour of pseudoscience.
- Why are antivaccinationists so at home with Libertarianism? [More...]
- "The stupid, it doth burn." "The Libertarian case. It boils down to, basically, “Screw you. I don’t care if my decision affects others.” "
- Why Libertarians Should Vigorously Oppose the Vaccine Program [More...]
- Wild and crazy complaints about violation of liberty, crony capitalism, central planning, and concentration of political power.
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