Mandated Vaccinations Essay

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Mandated Vaccinations – What Every Child Needs Headaches, rashes, violent coughs, and uncontrollable spasms – any one of these appalling symptoms could be pointing towards a serious or even life-threatening disease, whether it be rubella, diphtheria, or the whooping cough. Fortunately, today’s medical vaccines have the ability to drastically decrease the chances of a young child from contracting an illness that could possibly end their life. However, over the past few decades, fewer and fewer parents are choosing to let their children be vaccinated, claiming that vaccines are too dangerous and unpredictable to be used on young minors, especially with the possibility that vaccines may lead to autism. Because of this, diseases like the mumps …show more content…
Because more and more parents are choosing not to let their children be vaccinated, there has been an increase in “scores of needless deaths, thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of cases of preventable illnesses” (Welch, “Should Vaccines Be Mandatory?”). Required vaccinations could drastically reduce this statistic by cutting down on more than half of the children becoming terminally ill. However, not all children are capable of receiving vaccinations, such as kids who suffer extreme allergic reactions or have weakened immune systems. These children must rely on “herd immunity” to stay safe, which can only occur “when the vast majority of a population is immune to a highly contagious disease” (Knopf, “MMR vs. Autism: A False Choice”). If the majority of children aren’t being vaccinated, however, then children who were unable to be immunized in the first place are likely destined to contract a highly infectious illness and die, making it absolutely necessary for children to receive all of their needed vaccinations. Yet if almost every person in the United States is vaccinated against a certain disease, then that disease is likely to be wiped out after only a few years. Smallpox was once a major threat in the U.S., but because so many people have become immune to that disease, smallpox has been …show more content…
It is important to realize, however, that vaccines are most advantageous when the majority of children in the country have been immunized so that “herd immunity” can come into play. That way, all children across the entire nation can be protected from diseases like the German measles and the whooping cough, and if enough time is allowed to pass, these diseases could be entirely wiped out. Hence, childhood vaccinations should be required if people wish to keep today’s as well as future generations safe from life-threatening viruses. Right now, a child may literally be just a handshake away from contracting the whooping cough, but if people choose to mandate child vaccinations, then that child can be saved, and much heartache can be

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