The Centers For Disease Control Essay

1199 Words Dec 16th, 2014 5 Pages
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination.1 Vaccinations could be considered one of the greatest medical achievements in modern development. Because of the invention of vaccines, childhood diseases have been largely eradicated all over the world.2 Vaccinations outweigh the potential risk of diseases that they are created to prevent, therefore for the safety of the population they should be mandatory. With medical study, technological advancements, and mandatory vaccinations, such events can not only be controlled, but prevented and stopped. In 1796, Edward Jenner invented the first vaccine by transferring the disease matter from a dairymaid to a boy with cowpox. It concluded that the boy developed immunities to the disease, thus creating the first vaccine.3 The last seen case of smallpox was in 1977, and has since been eradicated. As for state laws, the first state law regarding mandatory vaccines was in Massachusetts in 1809. In 1855, Massachusetts passed another law that required vaccinations as a prerequisite for enrolling in public school.4 Later, all 50 states enacted this same policy regarding mandatory vaccinations. The state police powers established these laws due to the fact that municipalities were authorized to deal with outbreaks of diseases.5 When a local municipality deemed an outbreak, the…

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