Libertarians and vaccines

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Feb 12, 2019 10:52 PM 0 Answers
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This is yet another "How do Libertarians handle ______" question. It was inspired by this comment.


Vaccines are effective for almost everyone who receives them, but not everyone is able to be vaccinated. However, the latter group is usually protected by "herd immunity" when a sufficiently large population around them is vaccinated.

Under my understanding of a Libertarian philosophy, it should be entirely up to the person (or, more likely, their parents) as to whether they/their kid should be vaccinated. But if enough people choose not to be vaccinated, then that impinges on those who can't, but want to be protected.

How would a Libertarian deal with this? Is the answer just "Find a place to live where people have agreed to all vaccinate" (as per this answer), or something else?

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