"We don't ever want to get to the point where we tie people down on a gurney and inject them"Submitted by America Loves R... on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 23:37
What that quote implies is that they THINK they have the power to do so, and they will TRY do so in an "emergency" - all-the-while claiming they "don't want it to ever happen".
I found an article in the St Louis Beacon concerning disaster preparation.
Here's an excerpt regarding mandatory vaccination:
Mandatory vaccination can only be imposed at the state level. Governors make that call but only after declaring a state of emergency. The pandemic that began last summer fizzled before vaccination requirements were even considered in Missouri. Overall, compulsory inoculation is a situation that most authorities want to avoid.
"We don't ever want to get to the point where we tie people down on a gurney and inject them," said symposium speaker Dan Stier (right), with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. "But once you have mandatory vaccination, then [you can enforce it by saying], 'If you're not getting your child vaccinated, they don't get into school.'"
Carrying out mandatory vaccination in those beyond school age poses a bigger dilemma.
"It's easier to enforce things in schools, but how do you enforce it with adults?" Evans said in an interview. "It would really be the last-case scenario because we realize it's almost impossible."
Closing schools is another important consideration during a pandemic, one that's determined by each school district. It's also a situation in which no one wants to be wrong. Overreacting is a better policy than under-reacting, according to Evans (right), but it may not be the popular choice.