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
Yet, with all the success immunizations have had on improved health conditions they continue to be a controversial issue as many Americans still refuse them. State-mandated policies require certain childhood immunization to be completed prior to entry into school. Ethical debate has occurred over whether states have this right to mandate these vaccinations or if families should have the freedom to choose based on religious and philosophical conflicts in beliefs. Though regulations regarding vaccinations may violate one 's autonomy, the government believes they are just in requiring them in order to protect the greatest number of people (History of Vaccines, 2018). In recent years the rate of refusal has been on the rise so this paper will discuss the pros and cons of mandated vaccinations as well as related ethical issues.
The Vaccine Controversy Vaccines have been around for years and still there is much controversy over the safety of them and if parents should have the right to choose if they have their child vaccinated. Parents and even some professionals say that the vaccines are not worth the risk. On the other hand, there is plenty of doctors and other professionals who say vaccines are very necessary and safe. Still with all the controversy over the safety of vaccines, the number of children protected from diseases and death outweigh the risk of the vaccine. Professionals, as parents of children, against the HPV vaccine believe that the vaccine is more risky and dangerous for children than the actual disease.
Those against mandatory vaccines deem that the chickenpox, measles, rubella and rotavirus all have symptoms that can be treated with oral medicines and creams. Vaccine-preventable diseases have not disappeared so vaccination is still necessary and the diseases that decreased tremendously were due to the impact of vaccines. The CDC notes that many vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the United States or "only a plane ride away." Although the paralytic form of polio has largely disappeared thanks to vaccination, the virus still exists in countries like Pakistan where there were 93 cases in 2013 and 71 in 2014 as of May 15. The polio virus can be incubated by a person without symptoms for years; that person can then accidentally infect an unvaccinated child or adult in whom the virus can mutate into its paralytic form and spread amongst unvaccinated people.
1. With the virus that doesn’t match, a person is still more protected than a person without the vaccine, as stated in a CNN report in December of 2014 on the effectiveness of mutated viruses. 2. Secondly, a yearly vaccine is important because our immune response to the virus weakens over time [Transition: Everyone is at risk for the flu, especially children] II. How the flu affects children A.
Most of society today believes that birth control is only used for the “stopping of the egg” in the ovary. There is much more then just stopping the pregnancy. Birth control has many positive side effects which include the following: stops heavy periods, helps prevent painful acne, and can actually cut your chances of ovarian cancer in half. Most girls start to menstruate between age 10 and 15 years, the average age being 12. Most teenagers experience bad period cramps and have the feeling of “knives going through the abdomen.” Being on birth control can help the lining of the uterus thin out, meaning less painful periods.
Have you heard of vaccines causing autism? They can. If you look at the scientific data, vaccine ingredients, product information, court documents and acknowledged parents of vaccine-injured children. According to Generation Rescue Inc., The U.S. is currently the the highest vaccination rate in the world but also has the highest autism prevalence rate. From the 1970’s till now Autism has increased 11000% and the yearly vaccine schedule has nearly tripled since then.
Mercury in high amounts is known to have negative neurological effects. The amount of mercury found in thimerosal was more than the amount approved by the FDA. Upon this discovery, the FDA made it mandatory for vaccine companies to either get rid of thimerosal or reduce the amount of it from the vaccines. In 2001 a comprehensive study by The Institute of Medicine concluded that there was not sufficient evidence linking mercury in vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders. Thimerosal is not used in most vaccines today except for a few influenza vaccines.
Discuss and justify your arguments. A large number of children died before adulthood during an outbreak of infectious disease before vaccinations were made available for us. Vaccines are one of the most effective way to prevent diseases with almost 99% effectiveness, hence it is one of the most crucial way to ensure children’s safety. (Boloursaz, 2012) Hence, I believe that the government should make vaccination mandatory to everyone. It is one of the safest, and most effective way to prevent an outbreak of infectious diseases that have taken a lot of lives, in a really short period of
Introduction Vaccines are known to be a crucial means of maintaining population health, although many people are against being and/or getting their children vaccinated. A vaccination typically consists of a low-dose or synthetic virus strains injected into the body such that one will develop an immune response to that specific pathogen. In the case that a person contracts the virus in the future, their immune system will be able to recognize it and act faster, thus killing the invader. The war on vaccines escalated in 1998 when a false claim was made that the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine was linked to colitis (inflammation of the colon) and autism spectrum disorders. The untrue claim was subsequently published in The Lancet and the news became public.