Voluntary vaccination: the pandemic effect

  • Emma Cave
  • Legal Studies, June 2017, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1111/lest.12144

Mandated vaccination

What is it about?

It explores the foundations voluntary vaccination policy and shows that it is threatened by: 1) globalisation, which necessitates preparedness strategies for pandemics 2) children's rights to preventative medicine and thus to vaccination Taking a comparative approach, the article explores methods of compulsion and persuasion from Europe, the US and Australia.

Why is it important?

It is important in demonstrating: 1) The fragility of the voluntary vaccination policies in light of the cumulative impact of globalisation, public health and child welfare considerations. 2) The potential for epidemics to precipitate disproportionate responses that compromise civil liberties and human rights. 3) The importance of a graduated and proportionate public health regulatory response on vaccination


Professor Emma Cave
Durham University

Future pandemics are inevitable, as are localised outbreaks of communicable disease. Public health law is a crucial part of preparedness that has been neglected.

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