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.
According to John Timmer, a senior science editor, “childhood immunizations are estimated to prevent forty-two thousand deaths and twenty million infections” annually. Additionally, vaccinations save an estimated total of 14 billion dollars a year. Contrary to the blatant benefits, a greater quantity of individuals have been refusing to vaccinate their children, dropping immunization rates (Timmer 1). The recent decrease is extremely problematic as it affects herd immunity. “Herd immunity occurs when a few unvaccinated children are protected by the fact that almost everyone around is vaccinated and therefore cannot infect them.” This immunity is essential to those who cannot be vaccinated due to specific health complications.
The Pros and Cons of Vaccination Debates about the use of mandatory vaccination have received much attention in the last few years. Immunizations play an integral role in every parent’s life; the majority of parent’s decide to vaccinate without hesitation. People who decide to vaccinate because they believe that vaccination is safe and is one of the greatest health developments of the 20th century because vaccines have reduced or eradicated many childhood preventable diseases that once killed thousands of children; however, one primary argument espoused by opponents is that vaccines contain adverse side effects which can lead to serious illness or even death which is a violation of constitutional rights. Implication for mandatory vaccines, therefore, needs to include a debate on constitutional issues related to the use of vaccines with a focus on the provisions of the First Amendment. Although one may argue that mandatory vaccines should not be required for
Nobody suspects something that is supposed to help them, actually harm them. What is a vaccine? A vaccine is a product that makes an individual’s immune system become immune from a disease. You take vaccines by mouth, aerosol or by a needle injection (Basics). Some of the common types of vaccinations include Diphtheria, Pertussis, which is whooping cough, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, and MMR, which is abbreviated from measles, mumps, rubella (Immunization).
An article posted by the United States Center for Disease Prevention and Control (2016) highlights that one of the dangers of not vaccinating a child is the predisposition to vaccine-preventable diseases. Also, in the United States, school age children are required to receive periodic shots before enrolment. One could therefore conclude that, to a large extent, pro-vaccine governments do a lot in enlightening the citizens about the risks of refusing vaccines. As a result, the rejection of vaccines may not simply be due to ignorance of the vaccines or the consequences of the refusal, but to other
(A.Offit). Some children, who contract a deadly disease, usually don’t have enough time to complete their wish list. By allowing your children to be vaccinated, you are giving them an opportunity to live out their life without the threat of an infectious disease. Children who are the ages of five and under are the ones who are commonly infected by a disease. A vaccination is just a shot containing the dead or weak germ of the disease.
Do vaccinations really help prevent diseases in the body? A vaccination, usually a shot, is intended to prevent diseases in the body and prepare your body to fight the disease faster and more effectively so that you become immune to certain diseases and sickness. They are required in most school settings and health care related fields. In the year 1798 Edward Jenner created the first vaccination: the smallpox vaccine using Cowpox puss, and in 1980 the World Health Organization declared smallpox an eliminated disease. But did it really help the body and its immunity system?
Instead of facing the probable and deadly consequences of catching any given disease, parents who are aware that vaccines do prevent potentially fatal outcomes avoid having their child be one the poor children who fall ill because their negligence parents fail to recognize the benefits of vaccinations. Unless this message gets spread widely and well, countless doctors and parents are going to find themselves in emergency rooms, watching children suffer from the devastating effects of measles, whooping cough or some other readily preventable infectious
This common good approach drew vociferous protests and the anti-vaccination movement emerged (Stern & Markel, 2005). Today, with the advances in virology and technology, vaccines are, for the most part—safe. Smallpox has been all but eradicated in the world
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.
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,
Vaccination should be required for all children enter school or daycare facilities because the risk of exposures is way higher than the side effects of a vaccine. Not only does it protects a community but prevent the return of a vaccine preventable disease, such as polio and measles. The people who are against vaccinating their child need to be educated more about how vaccines can protect their child lives and others. When a parent refuses due to philosophical reasons they must attend a course of the risk of not vaccinating their child. A parent should be required to do so every year that they refuse to