We've had a similar discussion on quarantine.
If you give the government the power to compel something, they
*will* use it in the manner *they* deem fitting.
And what they deem fitting will certainly hinge on 'facts and
Facts and circumstances like what helps my
political career or expands the scope and budget (along with my
personal power) of my agency.
Which vaccinations though?
The key thing here is that this really is a slippery slope.
We have effective vaccines for a variety of dangerous and very
communicable diseases - I would agree that these are fair game for
government violence to enforce their use.
But then you run into the edge cases.
Is the HPV vaccine something that should be required?
What about off-label use of anthrax vaccinations? Even when
there are known quality control issues? Because I was forced to get
Flu vaccinations - I am (and was) a healthy, fit individual,
statistically the group least likely to suffer dangerous
complications from influenza. But I was forced to get *that*
vaccination simply because someone decided it was less costly to inoculate us compared to the money lost from those who got sick
and had to take a day or two off.
Anti-malarials - have known (if extremely low chance of) serious
side-effects, including psychosis. Been forced to use those
In all those cases it was someone in government, as a matter of
policy, deciding, for me, that the benefits outweighed the
If someone gets infected and passes it on to me,
they've aggressed me.
This does not justify compulsory vaccination however.
If you own a woodlands next to a cattle farmer, are you obliged
to set traps to prevent wolves from entering his land? Are you
obliged to exterminate the family of ground hogs that ruin his
yard? Are you committing an act of aggression for not providing
such positive externalities to others?
If you really believe that then you are advocating the validity
of "positive freedom", the idea that you have a right to the labor
and resources of others by default, probably the most fundamental
underlying assumption of socialist ideologies.
The overwhelming amount of humanity is naturally immune
to the tetanus bacterium by virtue of breathing oxygen and having
skin. It's not communicable (appreciably), but we will never
eradicated it. Aside from the occasional run in with barbed wire or
a rusty nail, it's largely useless to the average human.
Should I get to decide how often you should get a tetanus