Vaccination Should Be Compulsory Yes because Prevention is better than cure, and a vaccine is the best way to prevent an outbreak of a disease or
But the season also give us an opportunity to talk about vaccines and, specifically, why most Americans should be required to get them.
While science is clear that vaccines are safe and effective, it is silent on whether or not mandating compulsory vaccination is the right thing to do. This brings us to the second argument against compulsory vaccination; that any such law would not dramatically increase immunization rates, as it would be subject to a raft of exemptions. All the Yes points: Prevention is better than cure, and a vaccine is the best way to prevent an outbreak of a disease or Vaccination is a natural way to stimulate our immune system to fight a disease. Compulsory vaccination has eradicated or greatly reduced the impact of . Posted by Steven Novella. In my opinion vaccines for communicable diseases for children and adults should be provided by the government at no cost as a public health measure. That is the government should pay the full cost of the program, the cost of the vaccines, the cost to administer them, and the cost of any vaccine related injuries. If.
This is a highly controversial suggestion, no doubt. But vaccines prevent the spread of disease and save lives, and the arguments for requiring their use are far stronger than any excuse that may be made for avoiding them.
Perhaps the best argument against mandatory vaccination is the libertarian notion that you own your body, and thus only you get to decide what to put in it. This argument is compelling in most cases. But it fails in this instance for several reasons. Mandatory vaccination is merely a way to protect individuals from harm and reduce the risk of a public health crisis, which leads to another important point.
The argument from freedom described above takes good health for granted. According to science writers Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell in Science Left Behindone of the primary reasons that mindset exists is because mass vaccination in the last years has made infectious disease an afterthought for most of us.
The most pressing health problems in America today are cancer, heart disease, and stroke; largely due to lifestyle choices like smoking and poor diet. Choice often entails risk, and people are free to risk their own health by eating poorly or smoking.
In November, Reason Magazine science correspondent Ronald Bailey reported that the number of children coming down with Pertussisor Whooping Cough, reached 18, — the worst outbreak in 50 years. The epidemic was caused by parents who refused to vaccinate their children and the introduction of a vaccine over 10 years ago that is far less potent than its predecessor.
The science journal Nature reported in October that Measles is making somewhat of comeback as a result of the same anti-vaccine paranoia, which is causing several states to make it harder for parents to exempt their children from immunization.
Everybody laugh at that suggestion with me, will you? A massive epidemiological study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ininvolving overchildren, found no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and autism, the most well known but thoroughly debunked myth of vaccination.
Several studies published in the medical literature in the last decade have reached the same conclusion. And there are dozens more where those came from. Perhaps unknown to many is the fact that America has already enacted a vaccine policy like this.
The smallpox outbreak that started in was brought to an end by compulsory vaccinations, and America did not end up a police state as a result.
Scott Gottlieb pointed out last year in the Wall Street Journal, Congress passed a law requiring that the smallpox vaccine be tested for safety; the Supreme Court also weighed in, establishing some safeguards for individual liberty during public emergencies in Vaccines should be mandatory for those that live in a community.
If someone lives in a deserted island, by him/herself vaccines should not be mandatory.
However, most humans live in communities with other people. Before deciding one way or the other, there are some facts to consider. Posted by Steven Novella. In my opinion vaccines for communicable diseases for children and adults should be provided by the government at no cost as a public health measure.
That is the government should pay the full cost of the program, the cost of the vaccines, the cost to administer them, and the cost of any vaccine related injuries.
If. State Vaccine Requirements. State and local vaccination requirements for daycare and school entry are important tools for maintaining high vaccination coverage rates, and in turn, lower rates of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).
The answer if vaccines should be mandatory is different depending on the disease the vaccine prevents, age of the individual, profession of the individual, and the public health implications of some vaccine preventable diseases.
I do not think vaccinations should be compulsory outside of an imminent threat, such as for instance a biowarfare attack with weaponized smallpox or something terrifying like that. Lacking such an.
The Vaccination Double Standard Despite years of research, there’s no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. It’s time to make vaccination mandatory for all kids.