Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Vaccines

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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. This is due to individual’s unfounded fears and imagines consequences associated with the idea of purposely inserting a disease into one’s body. Despite one’s beliefs, vaccines are essential to not only a person’s health, but to the health of those around them. Mandatory vaccinations do not cause autism; rather, they save lives while also upholding values of the Constitution. Vaccinations are a form of medicine administered to provide a person an immunity to a disease. They work by utilizing a variety of substances to defend the human body against potentially deadly microorganisms (“Vaccine” 1). Vaccines operate by introducing a weakened version of the virus, or a strand of a protein from the bacteria into the immune system. In turn, this insertion causes the production of antibodies which help to fight the actual infection, by attacking the virus upon its entry into the body (“Vaccine” 1-2). Previously, vaccines revolved around observations that humans will develop an immunity to a disease they are exposed to, given they survive (“Vaccine 1). However, vaccinations are far
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