Mandating vaccine good
Although the efforts to eradicate smallpox were successful in Sweden, he did not agree with the methods.
He said vaccination caused him "great and extreme suffering" that he would have to endure for the rest of his life.
One was that "the state may be justified in restricting individual liberty...
under the pressure of great dangers" to the safety of the "general public".
11 (1905), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws.
While many were pleased to hear about a vaccine for smallpox, others were alarmed by the idea of being stabbed by a needle and having cowpox injected inside of them.By identifying the ongoing smallpox epidemic as a danger to the general public, the court ruled that individual rights and liberty were subordinate to the state's obligation to eradicate the disease.Jacobson had also argued that the law requiring vaccination was "arbitrary or oppressive". Pastor Henning Jacobson already lived through an era of mandatory vaccinations back in his original home in Sweden. The Court's decision articulated the view that the freedom of the individual must sometimes be subordinated to the common welfare and is subject to the police power of the state.