Jacobson v. Massachusetts
Significance, Compulsory Vaccination Lawful, Court Defers To Legislature, Exemption For Unfit Adult?, Impact
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
That a state statute authorizing compulsory vaccination and delegating to a municipality the authority to determine when compulsory vaccination was necessary was constitutional.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
George Fred Williams and James A. Halloran
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
Frederick H. Nash and Herbert Parker
Justices for the Court
Henry Billings Brown, William Rufus Day, Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan II (writing for the Court), Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, Edward Douglass White
David Josiah Brewer, Rufus Wheeler Peckham
Date of Decision
20 February 1905
Upheld the constitutionality of the statute, and affirmed defendant's conviction and fine for refusing to be vaccinated.
- Zucht v. King, 260 U.S. 174 (1922).
- Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927).
- Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158 (1944).
- Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
- Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
- Cruzan v. Director, MDH, 497 U.S. 261 (1990).
- Washington v. Glucksberg, 512 U.S. 702 (1997).
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