Should Flu Vaccines be Mandatory?

A number of vaccines are mandatory for children before they are allowed to go to school in the US (with personal belief exemptions allowed in some states), for diseases such as measles, tetanus, and polio.

A recent measles outbreak in the US has brought a lot of media attention to vaccinations and whether personal belief exemptions should be allowed at all.

As we debate this topic, let’s consider:

Flu deaths are always difficult to track exactly, so consider this estimate "loose" but in the right order of magnitude.

Flu deaths are always difficult to track exactly, so consider this estimate "loose" but in the right order of magnitude.

(Measles source; flu source)

Seeing this, how do you feel knowing that 42% of Americans get the flu vaccine each year? Do you see it as a major health problem in the US, or not? 

Do you think US policy should be the same regarding measles and flu vaccines? If different, how? Let us know what you think in comments below!

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Erik Fogg

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