Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory For All Who Are Medically Capable?

750 Words Apr 14th, 2016 3 Pages
Recently there has been great discussion on the subject of vaccinations. Families who do not want their children to be vaccinated are able to claim “religious” or “personal” reasons for not vaccinating. It has become widely spread that vaccinations have a link to autism and other disabilities.Some celebrities have been using their place in the public eye to reinforce the decisions against vaccination. A vaccine is the introduction of a weakened virus to the immune system in order to let the body produce antibodies in order to fight off a disease should they come in contact with it. It is my opinion that vaccinations should be mandatory for all who are medically capable because of herd immunity, prevention, and eradication.

One of the first reasons I believe this is because of herd immunity. Vaccines Today defines herd immunity takes place when a significant amount of a population is immunized, thereby making the spread of disease difficult or impossible. This is especially pertinent for highly contagious diseases such as measles and pertussis. Herd immunity is most beneficial for those who are unable to receive vaccines such as infants and immunocompromised. This portion of the population relies on herd immunity in order to stay healthy and uninfected by completely preventable diseases. The opposers who choose not to vaccinate are not only putting their children and families at risk for contamination, but other children as well. If the roles were reversed and their…

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