The State Of The Modern Vaccination Debate

2807 WordsApr 7, 201512 Pages
Rightful Authority to Mandate Vaccines Melanie West Wright State University Rightful Authority to Mandate Vaccines Social Problem State of Current Social Problem The term “herd immunity” became a common phrase as the debate surrounding mandating vaccines continues to grow. The modern vaccination debate often appears to focus on the effectiveness of vaccines as many media sources affirmed or denounced a potential correlation between autism and vaccines. Although these stories about autism and vaccines became headlines, the history of mandating vaccines addresses the authority of the government to distinguish between individual concerns and the common good. The current now ultimately focuses on examining the authority of the government to distinguish between individual concerns and the common good rather than the effectiveness of vaccines. History of Vaccine Mandate Debate The current debate surrounding mandating vaccines for children to attend public school roots itself in a deep history with a 21st century twist. A recent measles outbreak in early 2015 merely reopened this long-standing debate which now spills into the very early campaigning for the 2016 Presidential election. The presence of this debate in the early stages of the election proves it as a compelling controversy needing settlement through clear policies. This recent debate often appears as a fresh controversy, but instead began over a century ago most notably with the Supreme Court
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