Essay about Vaccinations Should Be Required

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Imagine two children; one who has been completely vaccinated, and the other has never been vaccinated. Both children fall ill from the same virus, but the child who had been vaccinated fully recovers, while the child who was not passes away due to complications. That child’s life could have been saved if the child received the proper vaccinations. Ever since the invention of the Smallpox vaccine more than two centuries ago, there has been an abundance of controversy over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, and safety of vaccinations and immunizations. It has recently been argued whether laws should be introduced that render some or all vaccines mandatory for all children. Parents, health care specialists, nurses, teachers, and children…show more content…
1). Smith also goes on to state that: “Ninety percent of the 1,552 parents surveyed online said they strongly agree that getting vaccines, like MMR, Varicella, Meningococcal Conjugate, and HPV, can protect their children from diseases, but also said that they believe those same vaccines could have serious adverse effects. Indeed, 11.5% had refused at least one physician-recommended for their child or children” ( par. 2). For example, according to History of Vaccines, “All fifty states allow children to be exempted from vaccination requirements for medical reasons” (“Vaccination” par 5). One example of a medical exemption is a child with an immune system that is compromised by a permanent or a temporary condition. For example, the child might have a congenial condition leading to an impaired immune system, or a child might have to take medications that can impair the immune system. Another example is a child that has a serious reaction to a vaccine or the child has had a prior reaction to a related vaccine. In all cases, vaccinating the child could be harmful to the child’s health. According to the History of Vaccinations currently, “Forty-eight states allow exemptions to vaccination for religious reasons” ( par. 10). Some states statutes indicate that to receive a religious exemption, a family must belong to a religious group with bonafide objections to
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