The Importance Of Vaccination

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The United States of America is often heralded as the “greatest country on Earth” by many hopeful immigrants and by a vast majority of her native sons and daughters. Indeed, the very establishment of this nation was built upon the idea of freedom of choice. It should come as no surprise that the idea of mandatory vaccination seems to be at odds with this very fundamental principles of what it is to be American. The fact that government may possibly try and exert their collective authority to force medical intervention upon our children is something that our founding fathers would likely roll over in their graves at the very idea of such a notion. Why is it then that in this, the most modern time in our nation’s history that the government and many of our neighbors and fellow countrymen feel that it is not within the rights of a parent to decide which medical procedures they believe to be safe or acceptable for their child? Have those elected by the power of democracy forgotten this, …show more content…
Royal figures and prominent statesmen such as England’s King George III lost children due to vaccination. Even in the more modern times of medicine vaccinations have resulted in unnecessary death. Such an incident occurred shortly after the release of the polio vaccine where a pharmaceutical company, Cutter Laboratories, contaminated a batch of polio vaccine with an active virulent strain of the virus. “Ten people died while more than 150 were paralyzed” from such an egregious error (Lemons, 2016 p.178). Let us not forget the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield whose study showed that there was a correlation between the administration of the MMR vaccine and the development of autism. Why then should parents who elect to forgo vaccination be stigmatized for doing so when such evidence of the dangers of vaccinations

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