Sunday, December 13, 2015

On the possible liability of parents who don't vaccinate their children, again

Long time readers of this blog know I have posted a series of comments on whether there should a cause of action against parents who do not vaccinate their children.  See here, here, here and here.   With that in mind, here is a link to an article in Slate on tolerance of anti-vaccine parents.  It starts: "Tolerance of racial and cultural diversity is good. Tolerance of those who endanger the community by refusing to vaccinate their kids is not. An Australian primary school just learned that the hard way."

In a newsletter to parents, the school’s principal directly told parents that they should tolerate the vaccine dodgers among them stating "[w]e expect all community members to act respectfully and with tolerance when interacting with other parents and carers who may have a differing opinion to their own. This includes an opposing understanding about child immunisation."

As the article then states, those words may sound “respectful” and “admirable,” ... until 25 percent of your school is suddenly infected with chickepox within two weeks (which, of course, is what happened).

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