Should the Government Require Vaccinations for Preventable Diseases?
By: Summer Guy
Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?There are pros and cons to this question.
First let’s start off with pros. “Vaccines save lives and protect against the spread of disease. If you decide not to immunize your child,
you put your child at risk. Your child could catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly. Getting vaccinated is much better than getting
the disease...” (“Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children? - Vaccines - ProCon.org”). “ Vaccines Save 33,000 lives, prevents
14 million cases of disease, reduces direct healthcare costs by $9.9 billion, and saves $33.4 billion in indirect costs."
(“Immunization and Infectious Diseases”). “Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise
their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society…
Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow
those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have
the means to eradicate them.” Ben Carson states.(“Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children? - Vaccines - ProCon.org”, “Vaccines protect future generations. Vaccinated mothers protect their unborn children from viruses that could potentially
cause birth defects, and vaccinated communities can help eradicate diseases for future generations. Before the rubella vaccine
was licensed in 1969, a global rubella (German measles) outbreak caused the deaths of 11,000 babies, and birth defects in
20,000 babies between 1963 and 1965 in the United States.  Women who were vaccinated as children against rubella
have greatly decreased the chance of passing the virus to their unborn or newborn children, eliminating the birth defects,
such as heart problems, hearing and vision loss, congenital cataracts, liver and spleen damage, and mental disabilities,
associated with the disease.” (“Vaccines ProCon.org”).
Those are just some of the pros but there are also cons. “Vaccines can cause serious and sometimes fatal side
effects. According to the CDC, all vaccines carry a risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in about one per
million children. The rotavirus vaccination can cause intussusception, a type of bowel blockage that may require hospitalization,
in about one per 20,000 babies in the United States. Long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and permanent
brain damage may be associated with the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) and MMR vaccines, though the CDC
notes the rarity of the reaction makes it difficult to determine causation. The CDC reports that pneumonia can be caused
by the chickenpox vaccine, and a "small possibility" exists that the flu vaccine could be associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome,
a disorder in which the person’s immune system attacks parts of the peripheral nervous system, in about one or two per
million people vaccinated. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says that vaccines may be linked to learning
disabilities, asthma, autism, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other disabilities.”(“Vaccines ProCon.org”). “I think public
awareness of how good vaccines are for kids and how they are good for public health is a great idea... but I don't
think there's anything extraordinary about resorting to freedom…I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking
normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I'm not arguing vaccines are a bad idea,
I think they're a good thing, but I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn't own your children.
Parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom.” Rand Paul says (“Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?
- Vaccines - ProCon.org”).
I believe that the government should require vaccines. Vaccines not only keep us safe but also the people around us safe.
There are diseases that they have vaccines for that can kill people. I don't think that people shouldn't have the choice to not
vaccinate their children because it is to keep them safe. So yes, believe that the government should require vaccines for
preventable diseases for every ones safety.
So in conclusion, yes I believe the government should require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases.
Vaccines save lives and keep us and the people around us safe. Vaccines have saved 33,000 lives and prevented 14 million
cases of diseases. If we did make vaccinations required we would all be a lot saffer.