Childhood Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory Essay

2130 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
Childhood vaccinations should be mandatory. It should not be a parent’s choice whether or not to vaccinate their child and put not only them but others around them at risk. If we don’t vaccinate our children at the recommended time, then we are risking them catching a disease that that could carry very bad consequences. Throughout the years there have been numerous outbreaks of diseases that have taken tons of lives. This could have been totally prevented or considerably less severe if more people had been vaccinated, simply because the diseases would not have kept spreading. Through the development of vaccinations, parents have been given a chance to protect their children as well as those around them and to develop immunity to diseases before ever even being exposed to them all while putting their children at little to no risk of harm.
Vaccinations have given parents a chance of allowing their children to live a longer, healthier life and live without the fear of their children catching devastating and possibly fatal diseases. Before the middle of the last century, hundreds of thousands of infants, children, and adult’s in the U.S. contracted diseases like measles, polio, whooping cough, rubella and Haemophilus influenza and thousands died from them. Nearly everyone in the U.S. would get measles before there was a vaccine for it and hundreds would die from it every year. As a result of the new vaccines, most doctors now have never even seen a case of the disease. More…

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