Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory For All Children? Why Or Why?

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Should vaccinations be mandatory for all children? Why or why not? What are the benefits or drawbacks to vaccinations?
Vaccination should be mandatory for all children. Vaccination works to prevent disease, this is very important especially in children because of how sociable they can be and their relationship with the environment and people. Children love to be outside and get dirty; therefore, they are more prone to infection because they are easily accessible. Additionally, numerous children come from outside of the United States who may be carrying disease or infections that can possibly spread if not controlled. Vaccine aid in controlling these diseases. (Smith et al 5)
Vaccines as defined by the oxford dictionary is, “an antigenic substance prepared from the causative agent of a disease or a synthetic substitute, used to provide immunity against one or several diseases”. Considering this, vaccines are important because it provides protection against disease. However, Parents seems to be concerned with possible consequences of the child’s vaccination. According to Philip Smith article, The Parental Delay or Refusal of Vaccine Doses, Childhood Vaccination Coverage, parents who refused vaccines were considerably likely to believe “that if they vaccinated their child, he/she might have serious side effects, too many vaccines can overwhelm a child ' immune system, and vaccination should be delayed if a child has a minor illness” (Smith et al 5). The issue with the…

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