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Letters Case for mandatory vaccination

Debating the future of mandatory vaccination

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 07 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4100
  1. Emma Cave, professor of healthcare law
  1. Durham Law School, Palatine Centre, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
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Mandatory vaccination should be debated before an epidemic or public health emergency to assure that public health law is graduated and proportionate.1

Mandated vaccination of children is not currently warranted in light of the current levels of herd immunity. Important historical lessons on the efficacy of legal mandate flow from …

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