James Randerson, whose 11-month-old Daughter caught the measles because idiots refused vaccinations [h/t Instapundit] observes:
The decision by many of my neighbours not to vaccinate their children is on a par with the drunk who decides to get into his car to drive home. It is a personally reckless action that also endangers the lives of everyone else on the road. Society should view the MMR refuseniks with the same degree of scorn.
My libertarian leanings make me hesitant to force people to medicate themselves, but on the other hand Randerson is absolutely correct when he states that unvaccinated people are an active danger to innocent bystanders.
How do we resolve this conflict of rights? With clothing!
When you become infected with a dangerous pathogen, your body turns into a biological-weapons factory and delivery system. The pathogen multiplies within your body and then escapes to attack others. Worse, with viral diseases, the body sheds more viruses before symptoms appear than after they do. People can infect others even before they realize they are ill. One contagious individual can infect hundreds of others just by going through his daily public routines.
If someone intentionally infected themselves, then went out into public, we would consider that a criminal act. How then should we regard someone who refuses to assume a trivial risk to protect the health and lives of others?
If people have a right to chose not to vaccinate themselves then others have a right not to risk being infected by the unvaccinated. I modestly propose a compromise.
People can refuse to vaccinate, but in turn they must always wear some form of easily visible emblem that will let others know they present a hazard. I would suggest a vest with a bright dayglow biohazard symbol on the front, back and shoulders.
Problem solved. People can stagger about with medieval levels of medical prevention if they wish, and the rest of us who prefer to live in the 21st Century can avoid them for the potential plague-carrying vermin they are. Everybody is happy.