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Should Vaccinations Be Required?

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Vaccinations Should Be Required
David Wilson was two years old when he contracted polio. Even after many operations, he still had to use crutches and leg braces. Children saw him as different from everyone else, and as he grew older he couldn’t work. His disease could have been avoided if he would have gotten vaccinated. While some believe mandatory vaccinations are an infringement of their personal right, others believe they are beneficial to society in a variety of ways. Getting vaccinated can allow for a healthier environment, the benefits outweigh the risks, and they can be the difference between life and death.
First of all, vaccines allow for a healthier environment. Diseases such as, “polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious
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The possible side effects of hepatitis B, pertussis, pneumococcal disease and rotavirus may be alarming, but they highly outweigh the effects of the actual disease. “About one of every 600,000 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is complicated by a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis” (The Benefits of Vaccination Outweigh the Risks). No one has ever died from the hepatitis vaccination, but the symptoms of anaphylaxis- hives, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea- can be quite frightening (Mayo Clinic). During the polio epidemic of 1952, “of the 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis” (History). After Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccination in 1955, the number of polio victims dropped to nine hundred and ten. In addition to this claim, vaccines save the lives of many who could have died from vaccine-preventable…show more content…
While this is a logical statement, “vaccines cost less in time and money to obtain than infectious diseases cost in time off of work to care for a sick child, potential long-term disability care, and medical costs” (Vaccines). An outbreak of measles in San Diego, California “resulted in 11 unvaccinated children catching measles and a resulting net public-sector cost of $10,376 per case (or, $123,512 total) due to emergency vaccination and outbreak response” (Vaccines). A dose of MMR vaccine from the CDC cost about twenty dollars which is substantially cheaper than if you had the disease and had to treat it. Vaccines also save lives (Vaccines). If it were not for vaccines, people may not be able to live to actually use their personal rights. For these reasons, vaccines should be mandatory for all ages.
Vaccines should be mandatory because it allows for a healthier environment, the benefits outweigh the risks, and they can be the difference between life and death. Vaccinations keep those around you safer while keeping you safe, as well. Vaccines help to keep pandemics like that of Polio in 1952 and Ebola in 2014 out of reach. Also, the side effects of most vaccines are way better than getting the actual disease. Vaccines save many lives
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