Vaccines Should Be Mandatory In Public Schools

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that around 732,000 American children were spared from death and 322 million childhood illness cases were prevented between the years 1994 and 2014 because of vaccinations. Based on this astonishing statistic alone, immunizations should be mandatory for humans due to the fact that it protects the public, prolongs the human race, and improves the quality of life for those vaccinated.
While protecting the public, vaccines also prevent the transfer of disease and are required to attend public schools. According to Shot Life, a United Nations Foundation partner organization, “Vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year, which equates to roughly 285 children saved every
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Every person is required to be subject to various restraints for the common good. The efforts by Cambridge to stamp out smallpox are substantially related to the protection of public health and safety. Thus, it is constitutional to require people to be vaccinated against certain diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, State laws establish vaccination requirements for school children. At many schools, including private schools and day-care facilities, it is mandatory for students to be vaccinated in order to enroll. All states provide medical exemptions, and some state laws also offer exemptions for religious and/or philosophical reasons. State laws also establish mechanisms for enforcement of school vaccination requirements and exemptions.” Schools do not want to risk the chance of students not obtaining a vaccine, and then infecting other students with a disease that could have been prevented altogether if vaccines had been mandatory. Although people may argue that vaccines are against their religion, this point of view has led to detrimental effects on society. In 2012, David and Collet Stephan refused to take their child, Ezekiel, in for a vaccination to prevent Meningitis. As a result, Ezekiel contracted the disease …show more content…
To start, there have been arguments that vaccinations lead to children developing Autism. According to the CDC, a 2013 study added to the research showing that vaccines do not cause autism. The most popular ingredient in vaccinations that people believe to cause autism is Thimerosal. Research has been done regarding this claim and it has been concluded that thimerosal does not lead to autism. In 2004, a scientific review was done by the Institute of Medicine in which they stated that "the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal–containing vaccines and autism." An additional study looked at the number of antigens from vaccines during the first two years of life. This study showed that the amount of antigens in children with autism that had been vaccinated and the amount in children without autism that had been vaccinated was the same. Another popular myth is that vaccines contain unsafe toxins. The Public Health Organization retaliates this myth by saying “In fact, according to the FDA and the CDC, formaldehyde is produced at higher rates by our own metabolic systems and there is no scientific evidence that the low levels of this chemical, mercury or aluminum in vaccines can be harmful.” Many people may think that vaccinations will cause the recipient to become infected with the disease they are trying to prevent. In reality, those receiving vaccinations may experience mild symptoms

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