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Vaccines -a Mitzvah?

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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

8 Nisan 5767
Question
Is it a mitzvah or an obligation to take available vaccines for oneself and ones children so as to prevent potential disease?
Answer
Any medication or vaccine that is a standard practice and is agreed by all authorities to be effective and not dangerous to prevent diseases – should be taken and given to kids. (Deuteronomy 4, 15; Tractate Brachot 32b)
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