The Benefits Of Vaccinations For Children

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A child is too young and inexperienced to be able to make decisions about critical things like vaccinations. It therefore makes sense that the parents of that child should be allowed to solely make decisions for them. This goes for anything that may directly affect the child and includes receiving immunizations. Making vaccinations of children mandatory goes against the parents right to make decisions for their family as well as going against the right to self-determination. Whether or not to vaccinate is a personal choice and can stem from ones religious views, morality, and or personal experience. If someone does not want their child to be vaccinated, they should not be subject to having to do so. It is a personal choice and not something…show more content…
There are some physicians who believe thimerosal, an organic mercury compound that can be found in the flu vaccine for children, is linked to autism (“Should Any,” 2015). Formaldehyde, a carcinogen that is also found in some vaccines, has the potential to cause side effects such as central nervous system depression, cardiac impairment, "changes in higher cognitive functions," coma, convulsions, and death (“Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children,” 2015). There are a few vaccines that also contain chicken egg protein and can be harmful to children who are allergic to eggs. “Some vaccines for PCV, HPV, DTaP, Hep A, Hep B, and Hib contain yeast proteins which, according to VaxTruth and Joseph Mercola, MD, an alternative medicine proponent, contain MSG that can cause migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, ADD, seizure, and stroke” (“Should Any,” 2015). With all of these possible risks associated with receiving a vaccination, why should a parent be forced to induce potential harm on their child? Not only are vaccines painful to receive, it is evident there are a ton of side effects and they can be detrimental and sometimes fatal. Any parent deserves the right to independently make the call as to whether or not…show more content…
This being said, having a mandatory immunization policy disregards a parents right to decide what they believe is right for their child, since the child cannot decide for themselves. The right to self-determination is violated by the mandatory immunization policy that is invasive and denies the opportunity and right to make decisions about their children’s health and well-being (Dubov & Phung,
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