Questions to ponder: vaccination

QUESTIONS TO PONDER – VACCINATION

Do we have a right to tell others how to live? If so, under what circumstances do we have such a right?

To what extent can/should a special organization (e.g., a trade union, a corporation, a school, a government) have a say in the health of its members? When can an organization force a member to subscribe to its health “mandates”? Are there certain medical decisions in which third parties have a legitimate stake in?

What is the “public good”? Is it distinct from the “common good”? Should the public and/or common good influence medical treatments, healthcare, and/or public policy? How so?

Are there times when the public and/or common good outweigh individual liberties? If so, under what circumstances? What does this greater public/common good look like and why is its presence more desirable than that of individual liberty?

Do we have a right to tell others how to raise their children? If so, under what circumstances do we have such a right?

Under what circumstances can a third party overrule parents’ (medical) decisions?

If vaccines caused autism, should we still give them to children?

To what extent should we tolerate pseudoscience? To what extent should we tolerate quackery? Alternative medicine? Complementary medicine? Holistic medicine? How should we police the boundaries of our biomedical landscape?

How should a government handle the medical concerns of its governed?

Should all people be vaccinated?

To what extent should we respect the religious beliefs of others in the course of their medical treatment?

How much should vaccines cost?