Vaccines: To do or not to do - that is the question...
So far we have talked about how efficient markets can be in allocating resources; however, there are circumstances where markets don't produce or under produce goods and service that society values. According to economists, vaccinations convey external benefits or positive externalities. In such cases, private markets will tend to under-produce such goods because people fail to include the benefits that their use of the good conveys to others. Government intervention can possibly increase societal surplus in such cases.
What's your position on requiring vaccines for children? Try to use what you've learned about economic reasoning (benefits vs. costs!) to support your case. Below are a couple of links to read.
http://roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/timeline/1960s/november-1962 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-557442/Vaccines-like-Russian-roulette--wed-chance-diseases-say-parents-refuse-babies-jabs.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.