This Note will discuss the need to exercise the taxing power of the
federal government in an effort to restore immunization rates to their
historically high levels. Recent spikes in unvaccinated children have
resulted in global outbreaks of diseases that were near elimination. This
Note’s solution to the growing anti-vaccination movement is the
implementation of a federal tax plan targeted at parents who—without a
valid medical exemption—refuse to vaccinate their children against
specific classes of vaccine-preventable diseases. This federal tax plan
could take the form of an income-based tax, or loss of child tax credits,
enforced against parents based on the age and amount of time their child
has remained unvaccinated.
Global efforts to increase vaccination rates and fight outbreaks have
already resulted in similar fines and taxes as those advocated in this Note.
Currently, the entire public is responsible for the burden of funding
initiatives to treat and prevent outbreaks caused by parents who abuse
nonmedical exemptions to evade existing vaccination mandates. That
burden must shift and fall only upon the individuals who refuse to
acknowledge that immunizing against vaccine-preventable diseases is a
fundamental necessity for preserving public health.