There's a small outbreak of the measles in my small country, the Netherlands. It's because we have our own little Bible belt, where people refuse to administer vaccines to their kids out of religious principle. I must admit I don't know the doctrinal reason for it, but it seems to me that you have a duty as a parent to protect your kid as well as possible. I've spoken to people in parliament about it. They said, you can't do anything about it. Even the people in the socialist party just shrugged and said 'You can't make vaccinations mandatory. You just can't. The legal framework isn't there'. End of story. The measles are not very widespread in the US, but with the global economy that could change. In this article from last year, the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control says "Diseases knows no boundaries", and points at worldwide sports events with mass tourism as a possible future cause an outbreak in the US, because travelers may bring the measles home. Most U.S. cases of the measles are imported by U.S. travelers who have not been vaccinated. Before routine vaccinations, the virus killed between 3,000 and 5,000 Americans each year. "We usually have about 50 cases a year, but last year we had a record number of importations" — at least 214 cases — says Greg Wallace, a measles specialist with the CDC's division of viral diseases. About 30% of those cases required hospitalization. Last year, England and Wales had 1,086 cases of measles, according to the U.K. Health Protection Agency. "Ukraine is experiencing a large measles outbreak right now," Martin says. Measles strikes worldwide but is of special concern in Western Europe, Wallace says. The disease had been under control there until a 1998 paper in the British medical journal The Lancet purported a link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. It also said the vaccine caused gastrointestinal disorders in children. I understand Americans get religious and other exemptions from vaccinations too, and that "the legal framework just isn't there" either, but my question is: should that be changed? Or does anybody have any good reasons why it should not?