Essay about Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory?

1602 Words Oct 16th, 2016 7 Pages
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that around 732,000 American children were spared from death and 322 million childhood illness cases were prevented between the years 1994 and 2014 because of vaccinations. Based on this astonishing statistic alone, immunizations should be mandatory for humans due to the fact that it protects the public, prolongs the human race, and improves the quality of life for those vaccinated.
While protecting the public, vaccines also prevent the transfer of disease and are required to attend public schools. According to Shot Life, a United Nations Foundation partner organization, “Vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year, which equates to roughly 285 children saved every hour.” This statistic proves one of the benefits of receiving immunizations. If this many children can be saved just by a simple shot, imagine the impact mandatory vaccines would have on the United States’ population. Those who get vaccinated are not only protecting their own lives, but the lives of other humans they come in contact with. To protect the community, there needs to be herd immunity in every state. This is a certain percentage of people in each state who receive the vaccine in order to prevent a breakout. In 2011, 49 US states did not meet the 92-94% herd immunity threshold for preventing pertussis (whooping cough), which resulted in a 2012 outbreak that sickened 42,000 people and was the biggest outbreak since 1955. This is…

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