Should Mandatory Vaccinations Be Implemented Nationwide? Essay

1857 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 8 Pages
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 98.3% of the population of children entering kindergarten in America are vaccinated (CDC.gov, 2015). On the other hand, individual state exemption levels are anywhere from .1 percent in Mississippi all the way up to 6.5 percent in Idaho. The trouble with this information is that in order for vaccinations to be successful and to wipe out diseases, everyone needs to be vaccinated. Having mandatory vaccinations for children entering school will help to maintain a higher level of compliance and allow us to eliminate these diseases from being a threat to children and adults. Research suggests that mandatory vaccinations in public schools should be implemented nationwide because vaccinations are proven effective, leniency policies endanger children, and mandatory vaccinations ensure protection for everyone.

Human bodies have a phenomenal defense mechanism for repelling attacks from diseases, immune systems. When a germ enters a body, the immune system recognizes this entity as not being a part of the body, an intruder. The human body then creates proteins called antibodies to destroy these germs. An interesting note to this situation is that bodies will also remember that intruder and easily dispatch antibodies to destroy it quicker in the future. This phenomenon is called immunity.

The problem with immune systems is that the first time it is attacked by a foreign entity, it cannot produce enough of these antibodies to defend…

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