Positives And Cons Of Vaccination

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Getting to the Point of the Matter Recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough have brought the vaccination controversy to the forefront. The United States has never had a mandatory vaccination policy in effect. Each state has its own immunization policies which the states govern and regulate. All 50 states do require up-to-date vaccines to attend public schools, including many colleges and universities. There are, however, some exemptions granted, although, the governing of those regulations is not intense enough to justify the liberal use of them. Preventing a disease is a better option than treating one, as the cost is sometimes significantly more than financial. Not being properly vaccinated could result in the ultimate cost, …show more content…
Anyone who has spent some time in front of a television has seen the prescription drug campaigns over the last five years, and it is hard to miss that there are some risks that come with any vaccination or drug. However, the risks of vaccines are moderately low compared to the actual disease. Herd immunity creates natural barriers within people that shouldn 't be vaccinated when all those that should, and need to be vaccinated do so. Herd immunity states that if the majority of the population of an area is protected, then the disease has no way to grow. However, low vaccination rates open the door to disease and allow outbreaks, such as the recent measles in Disneyland, where approximately 147 cases were reported, with 131 being California residents. The outbreak is still affecting a small tight-knit Canadian community, with a very low vaccination rate. There are a majority of states that offer religious, health and most notably, a few offering undocumented philosophical reasoning to not being vaccinated. All of these reasons, regardless of how well founded they are, put a damper on the herd immunity and therefore, put other children at risk. Despite a parent 's prerogative not to immunize their child, these parents waive their right to have their child attend a public …show more content…
Many believe them to be helpful to society, to protect and eradicate diseases that could not only harm, but kill a person. While possibly as many others believe them to be as harmful as the disease, and could kill a person as well. It seems with herd immunity the small amount that would protest not being vaccinated could be protected by the millions that do get vaccinated bringing the balance needed to protect society, including those random visitors that come to our country to visit, and that disadvantage portion of society that has no choice. However it would still behoove the United States to implement a mandatory vaccination law to guard the protection of herd

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