Does compulsory vaccination limit personal freedom? Ethical issues

Mariano Paternoster, Riccardo Scotto, Faiz Ur Rehman Saleem, Antonio Riccardo Buonomo, Nicola Schiano Moriello, Claudia Casella, Emanuele Capasso, Salvatore Nappa, Ivan Gentile, Guglielmo Borgia, Vincenzo Graziano


Despite vaccinations are scientifically proven to be safe and effective public controversies limit their application in many countries.

Aim of this review is to provide an overview of biological effects of vaccination and a picture of the ethical dilemmas about compulsory vaccination.

We conducted a review on the literature about the subject. Recent news were also included.

Vaccines are the best weapon against many infectious diseases. The spread of false beliefs among people have led the government authorities to increase compulsory vaccination in order to embank new outbreaks of preventable infectious diseases.

Even if compulsory is quite drastic approach it could be the on only way to reach an adequate coverage and protect immunoexpressed subjects.
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