Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory For Children

1358 Words Sep 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory For Children in the United States? In the United States, the law states that vaccinations are required for children entering school unless they have a valid reason that prevents them from receiving the vaccinations. Starting when children are born, they begin the regimen of vaccinations that continue throughout their adolescent years and adulthood. Each year children receive a variation of shots to protect them from the illnesses they will encounter in the world, especially once they attend school. The most common reasons parents forego getting their children vaccinated are religious beliefs, medical exemptions, and personal beliefs. Due to the rising number of parents declining to get their children vaccinated, the number of outbreaks of preventable diseases has increased. The question is now should parents/guardians be forced to vaccinate their children? As soon as children are born, they receive the Hepatitis B vaccination to protect them from immediate exposure. After that, the second HepB shot is given a month after the previous one, and other vaccinations including RV, DTaP, Hib, PCV, and IPV are given starting at two months. The most common illnesses that can be prevented by vaccination are Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Hib, Hepatitis A and B, Flu, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Polio, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Rubella, and Tetanus (CDC/NCIRD). DtAP covers diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, while MMRV covers measles, mumps, rubella, and…
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