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Poll: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children?

A court has ruled that a 5-year-old boy must get his booster shots, but should vaccinations for children be compulsory across the board?

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YESTERDAY THE HIGH Court ruled against a mother who refused to allow her five-year-old son to get his MMR and 4-in-one vaccinations, saying he must now receive the jabs, the Irish Examiner reports.

While this case was a dispute between the boy’s parents and not the merits of vaccination, it is not the first time that a parent has expressed opposition to vaccines for their children.

Concerns about the side-effects of early vaccinations have been raised by parents in Ireland, particularly about the possibility of a link to autism, though a US study has claimed there is no connection and with recent outbreaks of measles, the importance of these booster shots has been emphasised.

However, just last year, a report found that a swine flu vaccination was the cause of unique narcolepsy disorder in 54 people in Ireland, including several children.

So we want to know: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children?

Poll Results:

No (2137)
Some should be (1680)
Yes (1291)
I don't know (629)

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