9/24/2015

Look, vaccinations should be mandatory. If you have a problem with the government making a medical decision for you, it is your prerogative. I mean, I agree, to an extent, the government should not be making all of your medical decisions. However, vaccinations are necessary to prevent massive outbreaks of diseases. For example, ever heard of Polio? You know, the disease that can cause paralysis in the limbs and weak muscles? So you have heard of it! Alright, do you know of anybody who has had it? No? Do you know why? That is because of the Polio vaccination. Announced as a viable solution to the problem in March 26, 1953, the Polio vaccine has reduced Polio outbreaks by 99% in the last 50 years. We are on our way to completely wiping out Polio as a disease that can harm the human race.

Most people against mandatory vaccinations say that vaccinations are linked to autism. However, this is simply untrue. The story of the link began with the publication of a fraudulent research paper in 1998 and has been perpetuated, currently, by Jenny McCarthy. Despite countless studies proving that the link does not exist, many would rather believe the Playboy who claims that vaccinations caused her child’s autism.

Vaccination does not give a 100% guarantee. For example, recently 300 children in Minnesota contracted whopping cough, “of those 177 were hospitalized and 3 died from the disease. The 3 that died were NOT vaccinated but of the 300 about 40% were vaccinated.” One of the main reasons this happened is because the majority of them were not vaccinated. Another outbreak occurred in Disneyland in California with the measles. “189 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.” Because measles is so contagious, the blame was thrust upon those who were in Disneyland at the wrong time. However, if the majority of them were vaccinated, the severity would not have been as bad.

It is a simple fix to solve the outbreak of deadly diseases. Vaccination. A great example would be smallpox. The last case of smallpox was in 1977. In conclusion, I think that vaccinations should be required because they keep the general public safe from harm.


Works Used:

http://nlcatp.org/9-major-pros-and-cons-of-vaccinations/

http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/timelines/polio

http://vaccines.procon.org/

http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/salk-announces-polio-vaccine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_McCarthy#cite_note-Grove-7

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