Compulsory vaccination programs for children constitute good public policy, as they prevent epidemics of dangerous diseases. They also are constitutionally permitted. All but two states permit exceptions for parental beliefs. I argue that belief exemptions may violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of children whose parents do not claim such exemptions. They certainly infringe on those rights when non-exempted children are required by law to go to school with exempted children. Finally, I demonstrate that children have standing under current Cases and Controversies doctrine to sue for enforcement of these rights.
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