I agree with Melissa that it would be a nightmare to actually prove, but in a perfect world, yes, I do think that we should hold parents accountable if their unvaccinated children get another child sick. If choosing not to vaccinate ONLY affected those parents children then I might feel differently about it (although I would still feel furious every time a child died of an easily preventable disease because they were not vaxxed.) But given the fact that vaccinations are not 100%, and some children cannot be vaccinated due to age or illness or other circumstances, when you choose not to vax you aren't just affecting your own children. You are potentially impacting other parents' children, parents who DON'T have a choice. Willfully weakening our herd immunity while counting on it to protect your kids is a terrible thing to do IMO. So yes, I would be quite fine with it if anti-vaxxers could be held legally liable for their selfish and reckless choices.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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So are you also going to sue every time someone sick comes near my child. Oh, my child got strep throat last week because she was around someone else who had strep throat, so I am going to sue them? You child gets pink eye at day care, lets sue all of the other parents. Don't forget the flu and common cold.
And pink eye does not kill babies. Pertussis does. Do you support babies dying when they don't have to? Are you seriously so calloused and worried about your special RIGHTS that you would compare a dead baby to a case of pink eye? Cause that's hard core calloused.
I think that vaxing for deadly illnesses should be mandatory (mumps, measles, polio, hepatitis etc). If we want to see these diseases disappear it is the only way to do so. I do not think that vaxing for mild illnesses (chicken pox, the flu) should be mandatory. Yes for a minority these illnesses can have complications, but for most people they don't.
Our school requires vaccination records. No one has questions that the chicken pox and flu aren't included. I suspect they would if measles or polio wasn't.
I am bothered though, that the adult vaccinations are not part of the vaxing scheme (at least here). There has been a huge Whooping Cough bout here and it has all been adults whose vaccines have worn off. So now there are babes in danger because their adult caregivers are no longer immune. I know many adults who haven't had a tetanus shot in more than a decade. That is deadly, but there is no push to have them done.
Would you change your mind if there was some crazy outbreak of smallpox, Bonita? It was eradicated decades ago thanks to mass vaccinations. What if bubonic plague made a comeback? You wouldn't want mandated vaccinations?