Essay on Should Mandatory Vaccinations Be Mandatory?

1249 Words Nov 8th, 2015 5 Pages
“According to the World Health Organization, the measles vaccination rate in 2013 was 91 percent in the United States—lower than in Zimbabwe or Bangladesh” (Smith 6-7). It is somewhat astonishing that, despite having a significantly more developed healthcare system than both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, America has a lower vaccination rate. In an article published for Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Neil Z. Miller, director of the ThinkTwice Global Vaccine Institute, argues that mandatory vaccinations are a moral outrage and should be eliminated. Despite the negative propaganda they often receive, vaccines are safe, necessary, and essential to guaranteeing the health of the greater human community and should therefore be mandatory, barring medical prohibitions. The most obvious reason that vaccines should be mandated is that they confer immunity more safely than recovery from the actual disease.
In his article, Miller alleges that vaccines are not actually improving health, specifically saying that, “Recovery from natural disease provides advantages over artificial immunity”. Essentially, getting and recovering from a disease is better than receiving the vaccine for the disease. However, this is a ridiculous overgeneralization since he fails to mention the possible terrible side effects of contracting the disease itself. For example, according to Howard Bennett, a professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine, contracting measles (a…

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