Should Vaccines Be Compulsory?

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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 (vaccines.gov, 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…
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, …show more content…
In saying this, greater emphasis should be placed on the education of people of the effects and potential dangers of not vaccinating. It has been proven that people associate negative things more quickly than positive things. Saying that vaccines do not cause autism may cause some people to only associate vaccines with autism and not the correct way. The best chance at debunking common vaccine myths is to simply state the facts that vaccines are safe and effective. Though many have tried to avoid it the best way to convey the message may be to fight fire with fire (Finnegan, 2014). Educating those on the risks and fatal consequences associated with not being vaccinated is a more suitable

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