Explain the mechanism by which vaccinations can protect an individual and a community. There are several groups in society, including babies, people with certain allergies, and the immunocompromised, that cannot receive all vaccines. How can these people be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases?
Discuss the ethical implications of mandating vaccines, including those of an individual refusing to vaccinate themselves or members of their family. Give at least two distinct examples to illustrate your reasoning. Be sure to include the pathogen targeted by the vaccine, the population affected, and the potential results of vaccination and nonvaccination.