Vaccinations Essay

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To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate, that is the Question Vaccination policies around the world are varied. The United States and Canada require mandatory vaccinations for school-aged children. However, they do allow for medical and religious exemptions. Australia doesn’t have mandatory vaccinations but they do offer financial incentives to boost compliance rates (Walkinshaw). Here is where the ethical dilemma begins because in a world where there are so many different beliefs it’s hard to dictate what the rules should actually be. To vaccinate or to not vaccinate, that is the question. In my opinion, I think it is an ethical dilemma because in America we have a freedom to choose. However, when one person’s choice threatens society as a whole an intervention needs to be made. When one person doesn’t get vaccinated, it affects they’re surroundings, including their friends, family, co-workers, everyone they come into contact with is at risk for contracting the disease. One person’s choice affects society as a whole. Many times when that one person chooses not to get vaccinated it’s out of fear or lack of knowledge. I think America should have a mandatory education program to inform everyone about the benefits and risks of vaccinations. I think that the government should mandate funding towards more research into vaccinations so people will be more comfortable and apt to get vaccinated. I think that everyone should get vaccinated for life threatening diseases. What are vaccines? Vaccines are medications that are designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against a pathogen. They boost your body’s defense protecting you from specific diseases that could make you sick, disabled, or even kill you. Vaccines are one of history’s most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing serious diseases and death (Lyon-Loftus). Small

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