Should Vaccines be Required for Children?

Vaccination has become an issue of debate all over the world. Culture, side effects and their usefulness have all been at the middle of the discussion. Opponents of vaccinations claim is not necessary because the child’s immune system can naturally deal with infections and that the questionable ingredients of vaccines cause side effects to children. Proponents, on the other hand, believe that vaccines prevent diseases such as smallpox, polio, rubella, whooping cough and diphtheria (Merino 54).

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Personally, I believe vaccines are required for children. Vaccines are effective and safe. They are only given to children after doctors, scientists and other health professionals have had a careful review (Largent 15). Vaccines also have certain trauma, pain and discomfort but these are minimal compared to the effects of diseases they are meant to prevent. Vaccinations protect future generations. Vaccines have reduced and eliminated some diseases that caused massive deaths and disability on children in the past. For example, smallpox was eradicated in the world due to vaccination on children. In addition, vaccinating children against rubella had led to decreased risk of pregnant women passing the virus to their newborns. Hence, if we continue to vaccinate now, future parents will have faith that certain diseases will not affect their children. Vaccination of children can also save a family time and money spend in treating preventable diseases (Reich 123). Preventable diseases can lead to long term disability, lost time at work and medical bills. All these can be avoided by vaccinating children that is most cases costs nothing particularly for families with low incomes.


Works Cited

Largent, Mark A. Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Print.

Merino, Noël. Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory?Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.

Reich, Jennifer A. Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. , 2016. Print.