Should The Government Mandate Vaccines?

1174 WordsFeb 13, 20165 Pages
The question is, should the government mandate vaccines? Those in favor of child vaccinations, believe that they are the greatest health developments of the 20th century. While those against them believe that a child’s immune system permits either a natural or acquired resistance to diseases than putting questionable toxic ingredients into a child’s body. In the US, 50 states require vaccinations for children entering public schools, though no mandatory federal vaccination laws exist. 50 states issue medical exemptions only (1), 48 states (excluding Mississippi and West Virginia) permit religious exemptions, and 31 states exclude Philosophical exemptions. (2) Proponents will argue that vaccines can save the lives of children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics states that, "most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease." (3) If a child does get a disease, the symptoms are less severe if they have been vaccinated vs a child that has not. When there is a medical condition preventing the child from being vaccinated, like cancer, it is due to the child having little to no immune system. Vaccinating children, protects them from being infected with a disease that can result in death. Just like any other injection, there is the possibility of side effects. Most common among vaccines are swelling at injection site, redness, headaches, and sore throats which are temporary. At only less than 1%, 1 out of 1,000,000, do serious side effects happen
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