Vaccines Should Be Mandatory Essay

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In medicine, new discoveries are made everyday. Some advancements in medicine, such as vaccines, are not as accepted as others. Requiring vaccinations can interfere with religious freedom. Also, some parents feel they should have the right to decide whether Republicans not to vaccinate their children. Another reason vaccines are controversial is that there are still many risks that come with vaccines. Clearly, vaccines should not be mandatory. People should have religious freedom when it comes to vaccines. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees religious freedom. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”(“Should Any Vaccines …show more content…

One of the most common reasons people give for requiring vaccinations is that vaccination can lead to “Herd Immunity.” In other words, the greater the percentage of people in a population that are vaccinated, the less likely it is that unvaccinated people will come into contact with a contagious person. According to one doctor, “‘Someday we may live in a world that doesn’t scare patients into making bad health decisions…. vaccine mandates are the best way to ensure protection from illnesses’”(Finnegan 2). Maybe in the future the scariest diseases will not exist. Then, vaccines will not be necessary. But the future is not now, so people need to vaccinate. Vaccines can help children stay healthy and prevent disease. “The American Academy of Pediatrics states that most childhood vaccines are 90%-95% effective in preventing disease’”(“Should Any Vaccines be Required” 1). When vaccines have that high of an efficacy rate, it just makes sense to vaccinate children. Also, when a child gets vaccinated that means they are immune to that disease for up to ten years. But after the ten years are up the child could get seriously sick, so they need to vaccinate again. Yes, vaccines are good, but at what

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