Issue Proposal draft
August 30, 2015
Should Vaccinations be Mandated?
How many cases of polio or smallpox have we gotten in the last 20 years? The answer to that is none. Vaccinations are one of public health’s greatest achievements. However, an ethical dilemma lies in the balance of personal autonomy and choice versus protection of the entire at-risk population. Vaccinations in the US are responsible for the eradication of smallpox. They have also helped with significant reductions in other serious infections like influenza, polio and the measles. The issue for me is then why are diseases becoming more prevalent in our country recently? What has changed? I ...view middle of the document...
My concern is that other companies are not following this same mandated policy and so there employees are not protected and could easily contract these diseases. Americans today tend to believe that if they received the childhood vaccinations; they are protected for life but in actuality if the antibodies didn’t produce enough they are susceptible just as much as an unvaccinated child. Another compelling thing to me is all the people who come over from other countries are not presenting shot records before entering; there is no accountability to what active viruses there particular country is facing.
The things that I have learned so far is that according to the CDC vaccines prevent an estimated 2.5 million deaths among children younger than age 5 every year. I also read that one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. On the flip side of this in 1986 the CDC developed a National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which is a compensation program for families of children who have died from vaccinations. It is also interesting to know that this program has paid out $2.5 billion dollars to families over the 25 years. So the question...