In addition to Bobby Cannon’s recommendation to the Utah Legislature in his article in the Opinion section of the May 11 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, I have a suggestion.
Cannon pointed out that it is accepted science that the medical benefits of vaccination against diseases far outweigh the risks. He also addressed the significant financial burden imposed upon society by failure to vaccinate children who have no medical contraindications to vaccination. He also showed how often it is difficult to persuade some parents to vaccinate their children.
It seems very reasonable to expect these parents to accept responsibility for this choice.
I propose that these parents who refuse to vaccinate their children be required to post a bond for each unvaccinated child reflecting their pro-rata share of all costs to society associated with failure to vaccinate, including deaths, medical care, missed work and quarantines.
Stan Callister, Millcreek