Mandatory Vaccinations Necessary

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Vaccinations have come under much scrutiny in the past few years with recent outbreaks and the number of people choosing to vaccinate is decreasing (Ambridge, 2015). The debate on compulsory vaccinations has split governments for years (Welch et al., 2014). A vaccine or vaccination is a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through needle injections, orally or by aerosol (, n.d). Vaccinations work to protect the body from certain diseases by strengthening the immune system. Vaccines create immunity without causing the suffering of the disease (PHAC, 2014). The vaccines may contain dead or weak disease germs which makes the immune system build antibodies to fight (PHAC, 2014). Vaccines may prevent …show more content…
Sure, very occasionally things go wrong. Vaccines cause 1 serious allergic reaction per million. But, with these odds, refusing a vaccine is like a seriously injured patient refusing to travel in an ambulance because they occasionally crash. (Ambridge, 2015)”
The question asked in this investigation is not whether they are safe and effective but “Should vaccinations be compulsory?”
One argument again the compulsory vaccination of children is that it is unnecessary. It is unnecessary as herd immunity does not require 100% of people to be vaccinated. Herd immunity is a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity (Vaccines Today, 2013). The percentage needed to achieve herd immunity is dependent on the disease however it can usually be achieved in a community if 90% of people are vaccinated (Vaccines Today, 2013).
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Making vaccinations compulsory may only add to the fear that many parents have about vaccinations. While most are unjustified they are still prevalent. Humans often fear what they do not know and while companies are usually forthright with what is in a vaccine, it is often not understood and so fearmongering becomes a problem. Making vaccinations compulsory may only fuel the fire so that people believe that because the government could not get enough people to blindly take these unknown vaccines they should not be trusted (Ambridge,

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