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Should no-vaxers be held liable?

March 6, 2019

Teenager Ethan Lindenberger deserves a big hand for explaining how and why his mother opposes vaccinations.

The teen, who was invited to speak before a Congressional panel made a point of explaining that his mother got her information from social media, rather than scientific data.

That’s not a surprise to anyone who has ever tried to argue with a no-vaxer.

If it was only their children they were putting at risk, that might be fine.

But they are also exposing many other kids to a disease that can and does kill, and that brings up the question, are they liable for those children’s illness and death?

Measles and other viral diseases cannot be “cured” with antibiotics, which at best only treat complications like respiratory failure.

Rand Paul makes this about personal liberty, saying “…I believe the benefits of vaccines greatly outweigh the risks, but I still do not favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security,” he said in the link marked above.

We’re not sure what he means by that but if you are a parent, you probably prefer your child’s safety rather than anyone’s “liberty.”

Do vaccines fail sometimes? Yes. Witness the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine last year. Does that mean all vaccines are ineffective all the time? No.

And more importantly, they have never been proven to cause autism. In general, autism is widely thought to be caused by abnormalities in the brain, based on findings that the brains of autistics are formed differently from non-autistic people.

Should parents be able to decide not to vaccinate? Sure, as long as they are willing to keep their children in the house for the rest of their childhood.

But exposing them to other people, particularly children, well, that might be more than a step too far.

From → op-ed

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