Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory

1469 WordsMar 6, 20176 Pages
Vaccinations should be Mandatory Did you know the battle over vaccines goes back as far as the Revolutionary War? Vaccines have been an intricate part of our lives. The Vaccination Act of 1853 ordered mandatory vaccinations for infants up to 3 months old, by 1857 the Vaccination Act extended the age requirement to 14 years of age, fines were given to people who refused to get the vaccines. These laws were immediately met with opposition from the citizens who claimed they had the right to control their bodies and those of their children (History). In the Twentieth Century there was an introduction of several vaccines and the diseases of these vaccines were believed to be nearly eliminated. By the twenty- first century we saw a decrease in…show more content…
Vaccines were created to protect us from diseases. Most diseases associated with vaccines were highly contagious and are spread from person to person. Before vaccines were created, hundreds of thousands of people were affected by diseases, thousands of people died, and sometimes people were left with debilitating injuries or side effects. After the creation of vaccines, the people affected by diseases dropped and death from these diseases were rarely seen (Why). The vaccines that scientist have created have proven to protect us from diseases. Parents are worried about the safety of vaccines. Parent are worried their child will have an allergic reaction, health problems or even death from the vaccines. Despite parent concerns, vaccinating children has been successfully for decades. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. ” In fact, there has never been a single credible study linking vaccines to long term health conditions” (Who). Controversy over vaccines has scared parents into not vaccinating their children, but vaccines have been proven to be safe. Vaccines protect the body from infection. When your immune system comes in contact with a bacteria or virus, this infection begins to attack your body. Your immune system then has to fight the infection off, by producing antibodies. People who are vaccinated are introduced to a minor version of an infection, but this infection does not cause infection. This causes the
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