Even though some parents are concerned over the safety of vaccines, children who go to public schools should not be granted exemptions because vaccines are necessary to prevent outbreaks, children who do not receive vaccines are at risk of disease, and medically compromised children rely on vaccines to prevent disease. Vaccines are able to prevent disease in a single child, but their usefulness to society lies in their ability to prevent outbreaks. Vaccines prevent disease through the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity is the idea that a disease will have a harder time spreading if the majority of the population is unable to contract it (Martinez). For example, if more than 90 percent of people are vaccinated against measles, an outbreak is unlikely to happen even if a person in the community is infected (Oster).
Modern medicine provides people with the ability to protect themselves from the world’s most fatal diseases. Merely a century ago, it was not uncommon for a child to die as a result of diseases such as polio, pertussis, and tuberculosis. Today, it is highly unlikely for a person to contract these diseases, let alone die from them. However, refusal of vaccinations has been increasing throughout the years due to the anti-vaccination movement. This movement declares mandatory vaccines unconstitutional and vaccinations overall as the cause of autism.
People have chosen not to get themselves or their children vaccinated since they were first available. There has always been controversy over vaccinations, they thought to be immoral or objectionable, and they are! Vaccines are unsafe, unnatural and unnecessary for the human population. Medical technology has improved in the last 100 years and so have our living conditions. Yet we have never been sicker, this is the first generation who will not out live their parents.
However, the FDA recommends against their home use, citing possible harm to a developing fetus. Although, doctors claim that till now there are lack of evidence that the ultrasound technology may cause risks for the health of either the mother or the fetus, they recommend a prudent use of it. (12) Furthermore, this device, comparing to the last cited ones, is more expensive and less reliable. Some specific devices can be used after eight weeks of pregnancy. But 12 weeks is the normal time.
This research helped me to realize that parents who do not have their children vaccinated have valid concerns and reasons because when a child gets a vaccination, chemicals are injected into their systems. In order for me to effectively answer the question whether vaccinations should be mandatory without exemption, I will need to do further research on both sides of the subject. I would like to explore more reasons why parents do not have their children vaccinated before I come to my final conclusion. When children are not vaccinated it puts other people in the population in danger, but if the vaccines themselves are dangerous and have toxic chemicals in them, then I understand the viewpoint of anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitant parents. Both sides of this issue are perplexing and raise questions for me, so I will continue with my research in order to find an
The article “Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child” reasons that “Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines”. Because of vaccines the world today as we know it is slowly becoming safer as more and more diseases are being eradicated. The U.S. has helped in their own way to get rid of diseases. The article “Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?” states that “In 1855 Massachusetts passed the first U.S. state law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren , followed by New York (1862), Connecticut (1872), Indiana (1881), and Arkansas (1882).” So as the years went on the U.S. has continually integrated vaccinations for the youth, in this case, it is needed in order to attend
Currently, there are various controversial issues nations fail to agree about. Among this several issues, the one that has the major impact on human life is the legalization of abortion. Abortion is considered a very sensitive issue as it has a direct relationship with human life, that’s why beliefs and opinions about whether or not abortion should be allowed are commonly divided into two groups: the pro-choice and the pro-life. Those who are pro-choice believe that abortion should be legalized without any kind of influence neither from the government nor the religion. On the other hand, those who are pro-life argue that human life begins at the moment of conception, that the embryo is not part of the mother’s body but that it is an authentic
People who argue that vaccines cause autism and there isn’t a risk to not vaccinate their children ignores the fact that many diseases are prevented by the vaccines. According to Spector vaccines helps save lives in the United States; “seventeen thousand people would have been left retarded and five thousand would have died” (14). These numbers shows clearly that the vaccines helps humans and it control and get rid of most diseases, and the vaccines are worth the risks. Even if these numbers were presented to the people who believes that vaccines cause autism they would still find justification to deny
Other countries prioritize the well-being of the patients by creating rules and regulations, but it appears that America lacks in these aspects in the medical world. Also, an additional problem relating to cosmetic/plastic surgery has come to light: “Absent regulation, however, any doctor with a license to practice medicine can perform any procedure a patient wants done” (O 'Donnell). Doctors of any speciality have started performing cosmetic procedures on patients without proper training. The doctors can freely practices whatever procedures to their hearts content- completely legally. No repercussions to be faced by these money hungry doctors.
Their opponents gave them this label because they baptized believers who had previously been baptized as infants. They banned infant baptism and promoted baptism of believers only. It was their most visible one. According to them, infant baptism is not scriptural. According to their understanding of these doctrines, infants cannot have faith or repent, both of which are scriptural prerequisites for water baptism.
The death toll keeps rising every year from other diseases such as measles, mumps, polio and so on. These diseases could be prevented by vaccinations, one example of eradicating a disease is smallpox; this vaccine does not exist anymore because the disease has been eradicated. “Vaccines are one of the best ways to put an end to serious effects of certain diseases” If we were to stop vaccinating diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback. Before long we would see epidemics of disease and children would get sick and die. (CDC,
Vaccinations eradicated smallpox worldwide and now children don’t have to receive vaccinations for smallpox because of the work the vaccines did. Vaccines also played an important role in ending the polio virus. If we continue vaccinating now and completely we can trust that some diseases will no longer be around. This almost happened with measles, but the increase of people going unvaccinated prevented a deadly childhood disease from being eliminated from the U.S. Vaccinations are also very safe and
Similar reductions were estimated to occur in influenza-related mortality and economic costs. Why Some Parents Are Against It A number of parents fear the government forcing them to vaccinate their children. These parents are anti-vaccine for a variety of reasons. Parents built their arguments against immunization on the strength of the naturally acquired immune system. Childhood diseases were not perceived as a threat but as part of the natural way to reinforce the body.
Schools and care services can deny the acceptance of children that do not have the appropriate immunizations. Vaccinations are generally covered by insurance, which makes it smarter to get the vaccination on time instead of not getting it and paying for treatments and hospital bills because of the disease. “Scientist have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids’ immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections” (Brown). If children’s immune systems are weak and they have to be in the hospital and/or have treatments that takes up more time and money than just getting the vaccination in the first place. With children staying in the hospital and having a low immune system it opens up more opportunities for them to get other diseases and illnesses.
For the justice, there aren’t any federal laws for flu vaccinations because they support the state laws. Some states will have requirements and exemptions for vaccinations. Generally most of the exemptions apply to students and not employees. If there is a hospital policy the exemption won’t apply (Philips, 2015). I believe that the biggest conflict of people getting the flu vaccine is that there are too many older