Why Vaccination Should Not Be Mandatory Essay

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A woman in dressed in black looks down at the freshly carved gravestone. A father sits in the hospital waiting room, knees shaking and palms sweating, praying that his daughter will be able to celebrate her next birthday. A brother looks down disappointingly at his report card. He spent more time visiting in an emergency room then in the classroom worried about his younger sibling. A child lies in a hospital bed, in pain and scared of the unknown surroundings. Every single one of the tragic events listed could have been prevented with a simple vaccine. It must be mandatory to get vaccinated due to the large amount of innocent lives stolen by these deadly diseases. Mandatory vaccinations can cause one to have a healthy disease free life. They …show more content…
Some people do not have the ability to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions. For example, if a baby is too young to receive a vaccine then they could get the disease from a carrier. The use of vaccinations immensely decreases the number of carriers in the population. When receiving an inoculation a person does not only get protected but also protects others in the surrounding. For instance, “Widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases in the United States compared with the pre-vaccine era” (“Measles”). Due to the 99% reduction, even if someone were to not be able to have a vaccine, that person would still have a low chance of catching the disease. Even though there are less carriers of diseases like the measles in the U.S., there are still foreign travelers that may bring the disease with them. But the overall amount of carriers are still greatly reduced with the use of …show more content…
If a complication occurs with the disease, then the medical bills may sky rocket due to a vast amount of treatment needed. Not only does the patient suffer, but the patient’s wallet also suffers. According to the CDC, “routine immunization has prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations, saving nearly $295 billion in direct costs (which include the costs of treating an infection) and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs” (Gholipour). The societal costs are made up of time needed to take off of school or work and any disability checks given to the patient. All of the money saved through vaccination can be put into many, more important funds such as school. The money can also be put toward something that will make the people themselves happier. It’s better to have that money for a stay on an island rather than for a stay at a

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