Vaccine Should Be Mandatory

1084 Words Feb 3rd, 2012 5 Pages
“Why should I get vaccinated? It is just a waste of time and money. I never got vaccinated before and never will.” That’s what one of my colleagues said when he was asked to get vaccinated during the outbreak of SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, few years ago in Mongolia. Then, I had reasoned him that disease comes all of a sudden and it is more serious than he thinks. As reported on CDC, Centers for Disease Control, 40 percent of all American parents were refusing one or more vaccines for their children (Willrich 3). So it is clearly one of the most significant public health issues today. There are lots of people who hold the belief against vaccination because of several reasons. Even though there is a public notion that vaccine …show more content…
Martin Kramer, a spokesman for the Health Resources and Services Administration, said “There is no reliable scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism even in cases where an acute encephalopathy, brain damage, following vaccination has occurred” (Udesky 3). Since the researchers have been coming up with no reliable scientific evidence to prove that vaccines cause autism and the controversy has been going on and on, it is very complicated to believe in Wakefield’s study. Thus, I would agree with the majority of the researchers.
In order to investigate more about Wakefield’s study, Brian Deer, a journalist of British Medical Journal, carefully talked to the parents of all children who were participated in the study. Interestingly enough, he revealed the fraud behind Wakefield’s research. The Lancet, the journal that reported Wakefield’s study, retracted the paper soon afterwards (Deer). However, the real trouble still exists. Though it has been proved by many researchers that the MRR doesn’t cause autism, many people perceive the vaccine as a threat. Dr.Nemeroff once said “it is quite difficult to get the cognitive sewage out of the water even after the real sewage is gone” (Greene).
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