Should Measles Vaccinations be Compulsory?

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases, with the potential to cause severe disease and death. In 2017, measles resulted in close to 110.000 deaths globally. Preliminary data indicates that reported cases globally have increased by 300 percent during the first three months of 2019 as compared to the same period
in 2018 (WHO, 2019).

Recently, severe outbreaks in multiple countries have led to a renewed discussion of tightening laws on vaccination. A recent Danish petition (borgerforslag) which has now received approximately 23,000 signatures suggests compulsory MMR (MFR) vaccination for all children attending public institutions – for whom measles
vaccination is not contraindicated.

Should measles vaccinations be compulsory?

As part of a discussion of his topic the following panel participants will present their views and opinions:

  • Gorm Lundshøj, psychotherapist, representative from the association ‘Vaccinationsforum’
  • Stinus Lindgreen, PhD in Bioinformatics and parliamentary candidate for Radikale Venstre
  • Yildiz Akdogan, MP, Socialdemokratiet
  • Robb Butler, Senior Social Scientist: Vaccine Demand, UNICEF and University of Copenhagen

The panel debate will take place on Monday 27 May 2019; 13.00–15.00 hrs at Center for Health and Society (CSS), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, room CSS 35.3.13. Link for the above mentioned petition (in Danish)