Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory

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Vaccinations Should be Mandatory 1.5 million children a year die from vaccine-preventable diseases every year. It is estimated that vaccinations prevent the deaths of 2-3 million children every year (Walsh et al., 2013). Vaccinations are an important part of keeping yourself and those around you healthy. If vaccinations were mandatory, not only would we be saving 1.5 million children, but the millions of adults who have autoimmune diseases, people who are undergoing chemotherapy, and those with weak immune systems. Vaccinations are a way to ensure the health of our future generations. Turning a blind eye to vaccinations due to personal beliefs against them is not fair to society. Deathly diseases are still around, so of course vaccinating…show more content…
Some believe that the virus that is being vaccinated against is alive in the vaccines, while others just have personal beliefs. Parents will let their unvaccinated child be treated for a brain infection, that was caused by a preventable disease, with weeks of IV antibiotics, yet still say no to vaccinations. If a parent did not provide their child with the right medical attention for a broken bone, child protective services would most likely apprehend the child and the parent could be charged with negligence. Many people have double standards when it comes to vaccinations and medical treatment. There is a very common misconception that vaccinations are optional. There are numerous vaccinations that are highly recommended from the ages of two months until 15 years old (Government of Prince Edward Island, 2017). People who work with other people are required to have certain vaccinations, such as police officers, paramedics, daycare teachers, those who work in hospitals and nursing homes, along with many others. Vaccinations are required because they keep people…show more content…
According to the CDC, the chance of anaphylaxis occurs in one in every million children (CDC, 2016). The immunity against disease certainly outweighs the one in a million chance of anaphylaxis. One of the biggest misconceptions of vaccinations is that they cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2013, the CDC conducted a study that looked at the number of antigens in the first two years of a child’s life. The study proved that the number of antigens were the same in children with ASD and those without ASD (CDC, 2015). Although making vaccinations compulsory goes against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it should be a crime to pass someone a preventable disease because the original carrier was not vaccinated. If vaccinations were unsafe or caused side effects that outweighed the goodness of them, they would not be legal. Vaccinations should be mandatory to keep our generation and the future generations as healthy as possible. Society should be doing everything possible to make sure everyone is healthy and to eradicate as many diseases as possible by getting vaccinations. Eleven different vaccinations are mandatory before entering the public school system in France, Canada should follow suit and make vaccinations mandatory for those who can. Vaccinations help keep our population
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