Should vaccination be mandatory?

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Submitted: April 05, 2019

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Vaccines are one of the greatest breakthroughs made in medicine, and the simple mechanism that creates vaccines has contributed to many lethal diseases almost dying out. One of the best known examples is smallbox, which was mostly wiped out by the vaccination program by WHO. There are dozens of diseases that can easily be prevented by vaccinations, and that's why many vaccinations are given to children and adults alike. Vaccination of a certain amount of people also creates a herd immunity, meaning that the disease won't spread to the people who are not vaccinated, since the people around them have the immunity.

Even if vaccines have been around a long time, many people still oppose them. One great thing people always try to blame, is a study from a few decades ago, that links autism to vaccinations. It's still something some people choose to believe, although it has been proven that there is no positive correlation between vaccination of kids and autism. Of course vaccinations have risks and can cause problems. The most common, is a light fever, which occurs to most people at least once after they have gotten a vaccine. Some get an allergic reaction, and to some it may be even dangerous, but getting a serious reaction to a vaccine is about as likely as you dying in a car crash several times in a row. There are so many things people do daily, like walk down the street or drink water, that are way more dangerous than vaccines.

So yes, I personally think people who choose not to vaccinate their children, especially if it's free, are kind of ignorant about the whole thing and should just trust science. They also put other people at risk, because as I mentioned before, herd immunity is a big factor and keeps people who might not be able to get the vaccination, safer than they could be. Vaccinations also help the health care a lot, as it's been estimated that a few hundred dollar vaccination program for a kid, can end up saving the kid's medical costs by thousands later on. 

I live in a place where no one has to get any vaccinations, but I've gotten most of the ones that are offered to me, because it's free, and there's no harm in it. There are some weird vaccinations nowadays in Finland, like a chickenpox vaccination. We talked about it at school once, and all of us students were confused, as most of us had had it as kids and it's not dangerous. Apparenlty, the government decided to offer the vaccination, because chickenpox causes parents to take a sick leave from work and that means the family gets less money, the governement gets less tax money, and they have to pay the parents' leave. I guess it makes sense, and since no one has to get anything, do what you want.

I think vaccination are useful, but I think keeping them a voluntary form of health care is important, in a sense, as people should be allowed to choose if they want medical attention or not. No one can force me to go to a heart surgery or take my anti-depressants, why should anyone be able to force me get vaccinated? People usually have the right to choose if they want any kind of medication, preventive or not.

But there is the issue of what can a child say. Most vaccines are given to children, and they most likely have no idea what it's about. Yes, they probably won't like it (at least I don't know any kids who like needles and all that) but they don't understand the point. Adults make the decision, but what happens if a child falls ill because their parents refused to get them vaccinated? Then it's technically the parents' fault, and that could be seen as child neglect.

 The other issue, is that all people are equally in charge of the herd immunity. Not getting vaccinated can get others sick too, and then it's easy to blame the ones who had the illness first. People might not give a shit about each other, but technically we're all in charge of the community we live in, wether we like it or not. That's something people not getting vaccinated should also remember and take into consideration.


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