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Mandatory Vaccinations: Precedent and Current Laws

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21414

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)
Law and ethics (Health law)

Abstract:

This report discusses the legal precedent for mandatory vaccination laws and provides a brief overview of state laws that require certain individuals or populations to be vaccinated against various communicable diseases. The role of both the federal and state governments with respect to public health emergency powers, including requiring the use of a vaccine, is discussed. This report will be updated as warranted.