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Should vaccines in the United States be compulsory?

In 2019 alone, over 300 cases of measles have been reported according to the Center for Disease Control.  This outbreak has led to a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of mandating that parents vaccinate their children against certain diseases.

Those who support mandatory vaccines believe they are necessary for public safety. They argue that most of the reported cases of measles have occurred in areas where there are large numbers of unvaccinated people. Thus, they argue that not choosing to not be vaccinated is not just a personal choice, but one that also affects neighbors and the greater community.

Those who oppose mandatory vaccinations believe that doing so would be a violation of personal liberty. This side argues that parents, not the government, should be able to decide what medical treatment their children receive. They fear that a lack of control over vaccine choices would lead to further state encroachments on personal decisions. Additionally, others argue that it would be a violation of religious freedom to require certain faith groups to vaccinate their children that do not wish to do so. What do you think? Should vaccines in the United States be compulsory?

 

Current Standings:
Yes: 77%
No: 23%
  • Abigail from West Virginia

    Vaccinations protect everyone, regardless of what people on the other side of the debate think. Yes, it is possible that your child is not able to have vaccinations–children who undergo treatments for illness and in general have a weakened immune system just cannot take in vaccinations. But if you choose to not vaccinate your child, you are saying you would rather them die than be exposed to something that you are just not sure about but so many people have survived thus far with them. The whole argument about Big Pharma is a joke. Do you really think donations would go to them if they weren’t saving lives as we speak? People who choose not to vaccinate are entitled and need to face the cold hard facts. Millions in third-world countries need our help to get vaccinations while you sit there are say, “No, I don’t want my child to have this.”

    Another thing . . . there are no peer-reviewed articles on autism caused by vaccinations. There is not a single fact that I have ever been able to dig up, other than the one “study” that was debunked and caused the “researcher” to lose his license. Let me just leave my argument with this. Why in the world would you ever choose to let your child go without being protected from the things that used to kill us in thousands–just because you THINK vaccinations cause autism? Autism is a socially debilitating scenario . . . but so is the death of your unvaccinated child.

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    • Taylor from Maryland

      I believe this is a widespread misconception. Many people who are anti-vaccination don’t believe vaccinations cause autism. I read the article about the connection between vaccinations and autism, and I did not think there was enough statistical evidence to prove a solid connection. I believe vaccinations should not be mandatory because of the rights that would be infringed upon if parents were forced to vaccinate their kids. You have to consider religious and philosophical beliefs when deciding to make vaccines mandatory. I have done my research and concluded that vaccinations are very effective and can prevent many deadly diseases. I make a stance not to make vaccinations compulsory because people have rights and should not be forced to perform an action that contradicts their beliefs. I also believe making vaccinations mandatory would undermine parents because the government would be able to take control of people’s medical decisions. Parents know their children best and are responsible for regulating their children’s’ medical treatments.

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      Good point!

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  • Jordan from Alabama

    Vaccines should be required by law. It would be quite shameful if they weren’t. Because of vaccinations, the measles was eliminated in 2000, but it came back because of people refusing to use vaccines. If you do not want a child to be vaccinated, why would you want to let them go to a place where they could spread potential diseases to hundreds of children not vaccinated from certain diseases? One of the main issues that people have with vaccines is that they cause autism. First off, autism is a genetic disorder, meaning it cannot be delivered via a vaccine. A vaccine is not a way for the government to control children (which was another concern from “anti-vaxxers”). It is a way to protect children from getting infected from certain diseases. Listen, the government and hospitals WANT your children to be protected. That is why vaccinations exist. It may be a painful needle, but it will save your child’s life.

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  • Masen from Virginia

    The argument that government mandated vaccines are infringing on personal rights is invalid if you follow the speed limit. By following the speed limit, you are allowing the government to control you and your car for the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road, which is analogous to the government mandating certain vaccinations for your kids which is for the good of you, your children, and the public. The government regulates many different aspects of our life from speed limits to the drinking age to what you can legally put in your body (heroin-no, aspirin-yes) and vaccines that are scientifically proven to prevent the spread of communicable diseases are very similar. Measles is a preventable disease and failure to vaccinate your child could affect not only you but other children as well.

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  • Adrien from Virginia

    Yes, I believe that if you have a child in the U.S., you must get them vaccinated. The reasoning that your religion or your personal liberties are being infringed upon for not vaccinating your kids is foolish and antiquated because by not vaccinating your child you are putting millions of other U.S. citizens at risk. Science has come so far to not let an extinct disease scientists thought they killed off at the start of the millenium just for it to come back because stubborn parents do not want to vaccinate their children. The reasoning the government should force the vaccinations is because the greater good has far more reaching impacts than the small liberty of having your child vaccinated. Even in the case that you do not vaccinate your child the parent should be punished for child endangerment. They would rather let their child be at risk to get sick with a deadly disease because of religion or fear of losing their liberties. The parent should let the child go into foster care at that point because they do not care about the long term immunity of their child against a not so extinct disease.

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  • Candy from Nevada

    Yes, vaccines should be obligatory for everyone no matter what. Vaccines are made to protect and help your immune system stronger so it is easier for your body to support any disease and even be immune to such. Not only that but vaccines help the population to not have another devastating pandemics such as the Black Plague which by the way killed around 75 to 200 million people in Europe. Such pandemic happened because they didn’t have the resources but now that we do it would be stupid to not take advantage of such.

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  • Xayve from Nevada

    Vaccines should be allowed in the United States because vaccines are a form of health and you by getting a vaccine at a certain age or at a certain time helps with you health. If we have the right to have a good medication then we should take advantage of the vaccines because we never know if our body might have something and we don’t know about it. Yet, if we take the vaccine then that will help to make sure that our body can fight whatever virus or bacteria tries to get into our body. This then leads our body to be way stronger because of the vaccines we took.

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  • Daniela from Nevada

    Yes, Vaccines should be compulsory in the United States because with out the vaccines not only could you infect younger kids that still need to get their vaccines. Sometimes on those who taken the vaccine doesn’t always help prevent them since not everyone has the same effect as others.

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  • Nikki from Alabama

    common good > natural rights
    (In this case)

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    • carlton from North Dakota

      a common good can not always certify the ability to infringe on the rights of other people

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    • Liam from Texas

      this very true

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  • Sienna from Ohio

    Protect herd immunity, don’t allow diseases that are rarely seen in the USA to start killing people. Majority of religions agree on protecting humanity from death and self inflicted disability. Make an educated choice by learning the facts on vaccines.

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  • Samantha from North Carolina

    This question more or less is the question is it better to be safer or sorry? Only four months in to 2019 and “In 2019 alone, over 300 cases of measles have been reported according to the Center for Disease Control.” Though many value their individual freedom, how can you do anything, if your too sick to get out of bed? The cost of not getting a vaccination is much higher than the benefits of refusing the medicine. Though many would like to argue that if we make this necessary, what’s to stop the government from forcing society to do other things? The question you should be asking is, is your pride more important than your own health, your child’s, husband’s, wive’s, friend’s etc. I believe the answer is no. We live in a society today where going out in public is not an option, it become essential at some point. As a society, we cannot afford to be selfish and only care about ourselves. Though religious expectations should be respected, so should other citizens in America, whom we see every day and breathe the same air, share the same germs. We could always use coase theorem to incentivize people to get vaccinations, like if you aren’t vaccinated you can get paid to get the vaccine, or should we make vaccines compulsory, which we should, the unvaccinated person can pay someone else to not tell they haven’t been vaccinated. Though vaccines help solve issue, they can create them, however history shouldn’t repeat itself and neither should diseases. Vaccinate yourself and your kids.

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  • Tony from North Carolina

    Vaccines in the U.S. should be compulsory for everybody because of the social benefits they bring. Vaccines protect against many different diseases that used to wipe out millions of people each year. In fact, widespread vaccination has worked so effectively that diseases like smallpox have been effectively eradicated from the world. In fact, vaccines have been so successful that nowadays people to believe they’re unnecessary. This has led to many children being unvaccinated and at risk of getting many diseases that are no longer problems in the current day. The decrease in vaccinations actually allowed for a comeback of measles, with New York City experiencing the worst outbreak it has had in decades, according to the New York Times. Outbreaks like these can be prevented by vaccinating more children, since children can prevent others who can’t receive the vaccine, or are too weak to get a vaccine, from contracting the disease, a phenomenon known as herd immunity. This provides a positive externality to the public when a child gets a vaccine, since a child getting vaccinated means a decreased chance of others catching and spreading the disease.

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  • Charlie from North Carolina

    Vaccines in the United States should be compulsory, because there are so many people now who get vaccines every year, the one private choice who might not want to could become a negative externality to everyone else. Not getting a vaccine is a private choice where others and the public are rarely thought of in decision making. However, a decision not to get a vaccine could result in the risk of getting a disease increasing for others around that person. The private choice to not get a vaccine could affect everyone around that person, which means making it mandatory to get vaccinated could eliminate that externality. One example of this would be the outbreak of measles. According to Debra Goldschmidt, “Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable respiratory illness characterized by a rash of flat red spots.” If everyone in the world was vaccinated for measles, it would die out. However, the choice of one person to not get vaccinated affects everyone else if the virus is diagnosed in someone. If vaccines were mandatory, measles would die out and the negative effect on everyone would be eliminated.

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  • James from North Carolina

    Vaccinations are the best way to help out our society. Both sides can agree that it isn’t right to force people to go against their moral and religious beliefs. However in order to protect the lives of our future and prevent the spreading of disease, we must make vaccines in the United States be compulsory. In economics not vaccinating children cause something called a negative externality. A negative externality is a negative cost that an outer party has to pay. Regarding vaccines, the child as well as their peer are at risk of contamination. Through not vaccinating children, there is high risk of the spread of diseases. It is true that if only one child is not vaccinated, only they will be affected. However if we assume that more than one child were to not be vaccinated, huge complications can occur. Not only the initial child that got infected will be sick, but his fellow un-vaccinated peers will become infected as well. This is seen when CNN talks about how measles has seen a recent increase in cases. Measles is a high contagious disease, however it shouldn’t be a problem because we found a vaccine to it. Cases of un-vaccinated children are the reason why measles is increasing in cases. This is why vaccinations should be compulsory in the United States.

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  • Holly from New York

    Vaccines should be compulsory in the US for everyone that is healthy and able. For those who think badly of vaccines for personal reasons, you must also recognize that they are also for the “greater good.” Vaccines only serve their purpose if everyone uses them. If half the population is vaccinated but the other half refuse, then the spreading of disease will continue. There may be some people in the world who MUST get vaccinated in order to protect them from basic diseases that could be extremely deadly to them. Those who generally advocate for the protection of children surprisingly also advocate against vaccines because they believe that the government should not intervene in their child’s health. If a parent’s only reason for this is because of outside beliefs and not for medical reasons, then their decision could potentially but another child in harms way. Children and elderly people who are unable to take vaccines due to their age or health rely on others to keep them protected. The more people that are vaccinated, the more it helps other members of society that cannot necessarily help themselves.

    Vaccines are 90 to 99 percent effective in preventing disease. If this means the difference between life or death, then I think it is worth paying attention to. Yes, there are no doubt harmful ingredients, like aluminum, involved in vaccines, but they are only “harmful” in larger doses than one vaccine. In fact, the CDC claims that there is more aluminum in breast milk or infant formula than in one dose. People are often intimidated by words such as “harmful” and interpret them without investigating the truth behind the statement. Radiation can be extremely harmful to humans, yet most people regularly go to the dentist to get x-rays.

    Also, Vaccines have generally helped the entire population. Polio, historically, had been a vicious disease that infected thousands of people every year. The Polio vaccine was created in 1955, and in that year there were 13,850 cases of polio. In 2018, there were only 33 reported cases. While diseases are more prevalent in some years than others and often fluctuate, there is no doubt that vaccinations influenced this dramatic decrease in cases. While this is good news, as long as there is still an infected patient, the disease can continue to spread. According to the World Health Organization, these last few people can in infect up to 200,000 new people a year.

    The bottom line is that vaccines only work if they are a group effort. For many reasons, they are beneficial not only to an individual, but for the population as a whole. Even if you personally do not agree with vaccines, you cannot argue that the statistics do show the effects vaccines have had on controlling the spread of diseases. Even if they do not pose a threat to your child, getting your child vaccinated could potentially mean the difference between life and death for another fragile or weak member of society. For these reasons, I believe that the most logical solution between the debate “Should vaccines in the United States be compuslionary” is yes, yes they should be.

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  • Jennifer from New York

    Vaccinations in the United States should be something that is mandatory. Measles outbreaks have been spreading due to the lack of parents not vaccinating their kids. Personally if a parent doesn’t want to vaccinate their children they shouldn’t be allowed in public places to infect other children. Parents should be allowed to say what fits for their children’s medical treatments but vaccinations can prevent most diseases, parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids end up passing it on to other kids and starting an outbreak. Vaccinations are there to prevent diseases and that’s the whole reason of their creation, many countries could develop this outbreak due to one patient that has it spreading it to other countries who might not have the funds to vaccinate their children. Vaccinations are there for public safety and to prevent other diseases in the past from coming back and re happening all over again. It’s scientifically proven that vaccinations have more health benefits than risky benefits.

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  • Seki from North Carolina

    I believe vaccines in the US should be compulsory because the benefits seem to outweigh the costs. Benefits include immunizations can save the lives of children, it is safe and effective, it can save time and money, and it protects future generations. Costs include that some people do not want to get vaccinated due to religious purposes and because it infringes upon their liberty. The people who feel this way are only part of the minority and I think most people can agree that those benefits are not something we can give up for those costs. I think in extreme cases where families do not want their children vaccinated due to religious purposes then it should be allowed. I think overall it would save the country money because it is cheaper to pay for vaccines than a huge outbreak of a disease where everyone has to be treated. “In 2019 alone, over 300 cases of measles have been reported according to the Center for Disease Control.” Measles is a serious disease in small children and is easily spreadable, is an outbreak of something like this something we are willing to risk over the minority that feel it is against their religion or it is an infringement upon their liberty to get vaccinated, I personally don’t. “Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions in the world for saving lives and promoting good health.” This further supports the idea that vaccines should be mandatory. I think it should be mandatory because medically speaking it is very effective and saves lives and decreases the risk of an outbreak, and economically speaking it saves money in the long run because it is most likely more expensive to deal with an outbreak than pay for vaccines. Also economically speaking vaccines are a positive externality for the most part so we need more people vaccinated if possible.

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  • Jacob from North Carolina

    Vaccines should be required by law in the United States. Vaccinations pose a positive externality because the marginal social benefits (“spillover benefits”) exceed the marginal social costs. For the most part, the benefits to society become present in herd immunity. Herd immunity is when a high percentage of the population is vaccinated, it is difficult for infectious diseases to spread because there are not many people who can be infected (Oxford Vaccine Group). For example, a student at my high school was recently diagnosed with Pertussis (also known as “whooping cough”), but the infection did not spread because the majority of the population was immunized. With the enforcement of vaccines, this problem would not even be in question. There has been no scientific evidence to prove vaccines cause developmental disorders, yet people still refuse to vaccinate their children out of a mere conspiracy. I think that further research should be conducted on the effects of vaccines, and then released to the public. This will show society that vaccines are beneficial rather than harmful.

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  • Jayden from North Carolina

    Vaccinations should be mandatory. The use of vaccines prevents many deadly diseases from emerging. Vaccines are a key reason for the increase in American life expectancy since the early 1900s (1). Some people can not get vaccinated because they have an autoimmune disorder. This means that their body can not handle the vaccine. These people deserve to be protected by preventable diseases through herd immunity (2). This means it is the responsibility of the capable to protect the lives of the incapable. Some argue that mandatory vaccination infringes on religious freedom because some individuals do not support vaccinations for religious reasons. I believe the moral implications with this assertion are corrupt. It implies that the protection of archaic and ignorant practices of a minority of religious individuals holds greater value than the well being of a child who has to be protected through herd immunity. One party here rejects helping the collective because of their niche beliefs. The other party is a child who could have been healthy but now has measles or whooping cough. The well developed society enforces rules that maximize the well being of the most amount of people and preserves justice and equality of opportunity to the highest degree possible. Allowing a marginal group to put countless innocent individuals at risk goes against that premise.

    https://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/news/herd-immunity-how-does-it-work
    https://www.seniorliving.org/history/1900-2000-changes-life-expectancy-united-states/

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  • Tony from North Carolina

    Vaccines in the U.S. should be compulsory for everybody because of the social benefits they bring. Vaccines protect against many different diseases that used to wipe out millions of people each year. In fact, widespread vaccination has worked so effectively that diseases like smallpox have been effectively eradicated from the world. In fact, vaccines have been so successful that nowadays people to believe they’re unnecessary. This has led to many children being unvaccinated and at risk of getting many diseases that are no longer problems in the current day. The decrease in vaccinations actually allowed for a comeback of measles, with New York City experiencing the worst outbreak it has had in decades, according to the New York Times. Outbreaks like these can be prevented by vaccinating more children, since children can prevent others who can’t receive the vaccine, or are too weak to get a vaccine, from contracting the disease, a phenomenon known as herd immunity. This provides a positive externality to the public when a child gets a vaccine since a child getting vaccinated means a decreased chance of others catching and spreading the disease.

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  • Nicole from North Carolina

    Vaccines should be required by law in the United States. Not only do vaccines protect a person’s immune system, it also provides public safety to those nearby. Vaccinations are a positive externality in which the marginal social benefits exceed the marginal social costs. If the benefits exceed the costs it would be optimal for more citizens to get vaccinated as well. To encourage more people to go out and get vaccinations the government can subsidize them to make easier to get. Many people who refuse to get vaccinated claim that vaccines cause harm to their bodies, but according to the New York Times, modern vaccines are highly effective and safe with most serious side effects being exceptionally rare and much less serious than contracting the disease. Vaccinations protect the lives of those getting vaccinated and those around them which is why they should be compulsory.

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  • Julia from North Carolina

    Vaccines should be required by law because they are positive externalities. Since the Marginal Social Benefit outweighs the cost because of herd immunity, adds to the safety of the population, and eliminates health threats, the government should enforce vaccines and even subsidize them to make them more accessible. Since even measles has come back because people believe their own decisions do not affect others (economic concept of externalities), countless people and innocent children have died (NY Times). Even if you do not want to vaccinate your children for purposes of your individual freedoms, you are also infringing on other people’s rights to a healthy life because of your decisions. The selfishness of not vaccinating your children is allowing diseases to return and the United States to fall into easily preventable epidemic.

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  • Bailey from North Carolina

    I believe that vaccines should be compulsory or at least compulsory for public and private education and getting a job. The reason I say those two areas are where vaccines for sure need to be compulsory is because those places are where you get the most interaction with people. For schools especially the elementary schools, students are still growing and developing so their immune systems still may be subject to the harmful diseases that vaccines can prevent. As a kid, I would get sick a lot with ear infections and walking pneumonia and I personally knew kids who did also. I was vaccinated and so was the rest of the school since in order to attend you had to have certain vaccinations. If I were to come back to school after being sick and even though I felt better, my immune system would still be weaker than before which makes me more vulnerable. If another student had not been vaccinated and come to school carrying the disease, I could be affected. Personally, I understand that requiring vaccination by law would be a violation of a private right you have, it also is for the greater good. It will help get rid of harmful diseases and prevent outbreaks that are harming and killing people because a few people decided not to get vaccinated. When I was a kid and before I was born, the measle virus was eliminated completely but now it is on a sharp increase in cases per year with this year, 2019 in April, is about to surpass all of 2018. (https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/25/health/measles-cases-bn/index.html) This is due to people not vaccinating their kids because they believe it causes autism in their children even though multiple studies have proven otherwise. In conclusion, vaccines should be required by law or at the bare minimum, require vaccinations if you were to send your child into public or private education and for vaccinations to be required to enter the workforce.

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  • Moriah from North Carolina

    I think that Vaccines should be mandatory in the US. Vaccines are a positive externality, meaning that when someone gets vaccinated it benefits not only them but others around them. If everyone who is able to get vaccinated gets vaccinated than those who can’t are still protected from easily preventable diseases. According to the Center for disease control in just 2019 alone there have already been 300 reported cases of measles. This number is alarmingly high seeing as there is an easy way to prevent people from getting measles. Vaccinations. Vaccines are the safest way to ensure that people don’t contract diseases that we found cures for years ago. If people aren’t going to listen to the science behind vaccinations then requiring them may be the only way to keep people safe. The comfort one feels over not vaccinating their child due to misplaced fears is not more important the safety of those who can’t get vaccines. Requiring Vaccines is the best way to protect the nation against diseases that that we know are preventable.

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  • Kothai from North Carolina

    Vaccination is one of the most effective public medical interventions in the world for saving lives and promoting good health. Uptake of vaccines has decreased in some countries and this is thought to be partly caused by mistaken concerns over vaccine protection. When vaccines control disease, people are less likely to witness the overwhelming effects of vaccine-preventable contagious diseases first hand. Vaccinations cause more of a positive externality than they do negative. There is no data that proves that vaccines cause autism or any other disease prior to genetics. Because more and more people are not vaccinating, there have been outbreaks and re-emergences of several diseases, such as measles and mumps, and no one can do anything about it because the anti-vaxxers are not helping the situation. It is also stated that if everyone does start getting vaccinated, there is a potential to reduce other diseases, such as cervical cancer.

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  • Kyle from California

    Vaccines should be required in the United States regardless of your income, race, religion, job, family size, etc. In 2018 alone, the flu accounted for 80,000 deaths in the United States. That is an extremely absurd number which needs to be decreased. Everyone needs to be protected from these diseases. I believe if you do not receive enough income to purchase vaccines, you should be allowed the vaccine at the discretion of our tax dollars or government programs. The United States needs to be protected from outbreaks such as the swine flu outbreak in 2009. Another big factor that is necessary to making vaccines mandatory is public safety. While one person may receive a vaccine, another person think it is not necessary which can harm him/her and also others. In essence, I think it is necessary to make vaccines in the United States compulsory mainly because of all of the lives lost due to disease outbreaks.

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  • Aaron from California

    Vaccines should be compulsory under law. Under Article 1, Section 8, Congress has the power to “provide for the … general welfare of the United States.” Mandatory vaccinations indeed secure the general welfare of the country by preventing disastrous disease epidemics. Thus, because Congress has the power to make laws “necessary and proper” to carry out its enumerated powers, mandatory vaccines are perfectly constitutional.

    Additionally, prior case law demonstrates that vaccines should be compulsory. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905), the Supreme Court held that states have the authority to enforce compulsory vaccination laws to protect the public health and safety and citizens. Though some individuals may demand exemption from vaccinations on religious liberty grounds, religious liberty “does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease or the latter to ill health or death,” per Prince v. Massachusetts (1944). Thus, from a constitutional law standpoint, vaccines are should be compulsory under law.

    From a more philosophical perspective, compulsory vaccinations reflect the idea of classical republicanism, a philosophy the Framers revered during the drafting the Constitution. As citizens of the United States, we have a civic duty and moral obligation to provide for the common good of the state. We should be willing to relinquish some of our rights (such as religious liberty) to preserve the welfare of the state. Additionally, under the social contract theory, we must surrender some of our freedoms to receive protection of additional rights and social order. Though vaccines may infringe upon an individual’s freedom to make medical decisions, such burden does not outweigh the benefits — public safety, disease control, and the (arguably) most sacred right to life.

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  • Hayden-Grace from New York

    The well-being of the public population should not be in the hands of one person that chooses not to get vaccinated or have their families vaccinated. Vaccinations were discovered and created to control and prevent diseases that put our health at risk. Without them, humans face the risk of contracting life-threatening diseases such as Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Tetanus, Chickenpox, Influenza, HPV, and many more. Vaccinations have also helped to cure and control diseases such as polio. If one person does not receive a vaccination and contracts one of these diseases, they put the health of entire communities and public health at risk. Diseases like Measles, have been eliminated in the United States. When an unvaccinated person travels outside of the country, they may encounter this disease unknowingly. If they contract the disease and return the United States, they are bringing back a threat to human health. Those that are unvaccinated are at an extremely high risk of contracting the disease. People that have received a vaccination are have a lower chance of contracting a disease because their immune system created an immunity against the disease.
    So far this year, fifteen states have reported around 314 cases of the Measles, a highly contagious, respiratory disease. In all of 2018, 372 cases of the Measles were reported. As a result of unvaccinated citizens, this disease, as well as many other vaccine-preventable diseases, are becoming a health concern once again across the country. If people received vaccinations, they would lower the risk of getting these diseases and prevent outbreaks like this in the future.
    The number of unvaccinated children has quadrupled since 2001. Over 100,000 American children and infants have received no vaccinations whatsoever and even more have only received a few. Media has been influencing many people to refuse vaccinations for themselves as their children. Many anti-vaxxers will back up their belief with century old ideas, such as vaccinations can cause autism (which has been proved wrong!). They also believe that the chemicals in vaccines will cause illness when the opposite actually occurs. In rare cases, one may have a reaction to a vaccine our get an injury. However, most of the time, vaccines can be extremely beneficial, and the pros definitely outweigh the cons in this argument.
    The government can play a crucial part in keeping vaccine-preventable diseases under control by making vaccinations compulsory. This can help lead to the prevention of life-threatening diseases in infants, children, and adults. Diseases can return to being controlled without any outbreaks and the risk of contracting the disease while overseas is also almost completely eliminated. Public health will no longer be at risk and the fear of contracting a disease will also be gone. Our health should not be compromised by one person that did not receive a vaccination. So for the well-being of the public health, vaccinations should be compulsory.

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  • Shanyn from Montana

    Vaccines should be required for all people in the United States, with some medical exemptions. These exemptions would only be for those who absolutely cannot be vaccinated due to immune system problems, allergies, etc.. Religion or personal choice should not be a reason for exemption. There are very few religions that oppose vaccines. It is more likely that it would be used as an excuse by “anti-vaxxers” than it is that it would be used legitimately, and their apprehension can easily be disproved by science and statistics. Many people who cannot be vaccinated due to age restrictions or medical issues depend on herd immunity. Those who can safely receive vaccines but make the choice not to put many others in the “herd” at risk. People have the right to make their own decisions regarding their health, so long as it does not negatively affect others. Requiring all Americans that can receive vaccinations to do so would benefit the well being of everyone. It would ensure that people do not come in contact with those possibly carrying deadly diseases – a concern for those donating blood. In this situation, civil liberties are trumped by concerns for the health and safety of others.

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  • Edward from New Jersey

    Vaccines should be mandatory across the United States. Parents do not have the right to decide medical treatment for their children when they want to refuse treatment, such as vaccines, which have no harmful effects towards people, but provide ample benefits. Over time several cases of disease and medical problems have been present in children, rather than turning to medicine, the parents chose to pray, or ignore the problem. One such problem was in a young boy with an infection. The parents chose to pray saying God’s grace would save him. The child’s eye was later rendered useless and he became blind, because of the ignorance of his parents. This is not rare, as in 2019 alone, several cases of measles have been ravaging the lives of families because of the actions of Anti-VAX population. The measles were once an eradicated disease in the 2000’s period, but it returned due to unvaccinated people moving in and out of areas with the disease. This has been a problem, as not vaccinating children leads to an outbreak of a pathogen nearly forgotten about. This is devastating to the economy and the health of the overall population and therefore, vaccines should be mandatory across the United States.

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  • Julia from Kentucky

    I believe that vaccines in the United States should be compulsory because it is vital for public safety. Under the current law, we have the right to choose whether or not we want to vaccinate. While the 1st Amendment grants us the freedom of expression, people choosing not to vaccinate has put the public at risk. I believe that all citizens should be required to get vaccinations as it falls under the necessary and proper clause. According to the government, we are granted rights until they infringe on the rights of others. And in this case, not vaccinating infringes on the public safety of others. For example, since January 2019, the measles outbreak in the United States has increased rapidly. A once controlled disease is now spreading like rapid fire all because those who choose not to vaccinate. History has proven that vaccines can eradicate harmful diseases, therefore, vaccines should be compulsory.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I believe that vaccines should be compulsory as they benefit the human population as a whole. Since the start of human existence, diseases such as chicken pox, the flu, measles and other well known viruses have been a leading cause of death among individuals. Now, within the last 100 years, scientists have miraculously found cures to these detrimental viruses and the human race should take advantage of these breakthroughs. Furthermore, the Constitution’s necessary and proper clause establishes that the government can make these vaccines mandatory as without them, infected people are endangering the lives of others. Everyone needs to take part in vaccinations so that the human race can thrive and innocent people will not die to these relentless viruses.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I believe that vaccines should be compulsory. First, It has been scientifically proven that vaccines help people fight diseases and do not give children autism or other disorders. Second, if one unvaccinated person contracts a disease, they can spread it all over the place and harm many other people; for example, Typhoid Mary. However, people claim religious beliefs as a reason to not get vaccinated due to their 1st Amendments, but according to the 1st Amendment, we have the rights to religion and expression as long as it doesn’t infringe on other people’s rights. Not getting vaccinated and spreading diseases to other people infringes on people’s rights. If people still refuse to be vaccinated, then the government and schools have the right to protect other people by refusing admitance in to public buildings and other places. Therefore, vaccines should be compulsory or else the government will have the right to stop diseases from spreading by those who remain unvaccinated.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Yes, I think vaccines should be mandatory, unless a doctor says someone is not able to for medical reasons. In that case, those vaccinated will protect those who can’t be. The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the very rare risks associated with them, and since getting vaccinated protects other people besides the person receiving the shot, the safety of the public trumps religious freedom. This issue does not apply under the first amendment because refusing a vaccine does endanger others.

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  • sarah from Kentucky

    Even though some people’s religions or personal practices are at risk if this is made mandatory, I do believe that the greater good should outweigh this. Due to the past use of the vaccine, it would be unfortunate if everyone wasn’t forced to do this. Meaning, that if you are in a group that gets sick but they are all vaccinated, but one, that one could be in a great amount of pain. Although this could violate someone’s first amendment rights, I do believe that it is more relevant to the necessary and proper clause. By making it mandatory, you are covering all of your bases and protecting the masses. It is better to be safe than sorry, and in this case, if everyone is inoculated, then it could remove the possibility of the negative effects of possible biowarfare efforts.

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe they should make vaccinations mandatory. I believe this because it is for the safety of our society as a whole. It may infringe on some freedoms including the freedom of religion. However, if the religions beliefs affect the safety of others then then those rights must take the back seat.

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  • Cori from Kentucky

    Although many argue that First Amendment freedoms would be violated if vaccines were compulsory such as Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech and this is true to a certain extent, it is arguable that forgoing vaccination violates public safety and other people’s rights to feel healthy and safe. The common good proves an essential argument in this case and the Necessary and Proper Clause helps this argument.

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  • Taylor from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be required because it puts the public in danger and affects the common good. If you are not vaccinated and an outbreak occurs, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but also other people around you. Many outbreaks have occured that could have been prevented with a single vaccine. It may take away your first amendment rights by doing this, but it also ties into the necessary and proper clause. In order to protect other people, the government should make vaccinations mandatory.

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  • Maggie from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be mandatory because if someone is not vaccinated, then they are causing possible danger to other citizens, regardless of what they are willing to put themselves through. Thus, they are infringing on others’ rights to safety and protection by the country.

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  • Leah from Kentucky

    Yes, I think that vaccines in the US should be compulsory because it improves the safety of citizens, which is proven by medical science. Some people claim their rights to religion or speech; however, if their resulting actions are a potential threat to the safety of others, then it should not be allowed. Therefore, through the necessary and proper clause, vaccines should be required for US citizens.

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  • Adelaide from Kentucky

    Yes, vaccinations should be mandatory. In the past, some diseases have been eliminated because of these vaccines. If the population continues getting vaccinated, it could help get rid of other diseases. Getting these vaccinations will not only help for the individual (not getting the disease), but also for the common good. If everyone is vaccinated, there would hopefully be no outbreaks of diseases that could affect millions of people. These vaccinations are meant to protect everyone.

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    I believe that more and more regulations should be enacted so that vaccinations are compulsory. A major reason why parents choose not to vaccinate their children is misinformation such as the belief that vaccines cause autism or ingredients like Thimerosal are harmful which have since been disproven. This ignorance puts at risk the health and lives of children who cannot be vaccinated because they suffer from certain autoimmune disorders or are undergoing chemotherapy. Although religious liberties should be upheld, these liberties do not apply when they infringe on another person such as children who medically cannot be vaccinated.

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  • Hauyden from Kentucky

    Yes. It should be required for all people to get vaccinated. It is time in America that we start using Science to make logical decisions and not use ignorance to make a decision. There is no evidence of vaccines being bad or causing autism or other diseases. To make a safer generation, we need to require vaccinations. It infringes on the rights of others if people do not get vaccinated because they can be contagious is some cases.

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  • Sam from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be required by law because it would help protect the people of our country and be for the common good of our citizens. As a young child, you do not have the say or knowledge to decide if you will be vaccinated. It is then up to the choice of the parents, who may be putting the child at major health risk by choosing not to vaccinate. Required vaccinations would be for the good of our country and our people.

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  • Lizeth from Texas

    Vaccines were made to protect humans from extremely harmful diseases from the very beginning of US colonization. Vaccines were made so the population would not die out due to serious diseases and that continues present day. If vaccines aren’t regulated and highly suggested, severe diseases will spread and cause mass fatalities. Even now we have heard of occurrences where young children have not been vaccinated and have contracted diseases like measles, which can be extremely dangerous for youth. This affects our children, siblings, and loved ones: not only are the youth affected by this risk but so are those who are autoimmune and immunosuppressed. They are at an even higher risk to contract these diseases and suffer a lot more. These vaccines are required by doctors for a reason: numerous studies have shown the benefits, so why should we have to doubt that it will keep our families safe, especially when they have us safe for hundreds of years.

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  • sofia from New York

    Vaccinations are great in that they prevent damaging diseases. However, if just one person chooses not to vaccinate their child, their child then poses a threat to the rest of society who got vaccinated. The implication of mandatory vaccines across America should be enforced in order to maintain a healthy environment.
    Vaccines have eradicated polio in the US and have reduced worldwide disease. Prior to vaccination for polio, people needed alternate ways to breathe due to paralysis. By getting vaccinated, one reduces the risks associated with incurable diseases. This includes money, pain, and even death. Also, if one is a carrier, they are able to reduce the risk of giving a disease to someone else. Even if one is vaccinated, in some cases, the disease is still able to infect someone. Another more recent success in vaccination is for meningitis. The haemophilus influenza B (HIB) vaccine has reduced the disease by more than 99%. That means a large reduction in illness along with a reduction in invasive diagnostics- specifically spinal taps done to diagnose meningitis.
    In some areas of our society vaccines are already mandatory. To attend schools you need certain vaccines. To work in healthcare you are required to be vaccinated these mandates benefit the person, their contacts, and society as a whole through herd immunity.

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  • Robert from Kentucky

    Disease is a public health issue. Disease is preventable in today’s society due to vaccines.

    First, I will back up compulsory vaccinations on a social level. Since the 1800’s, opponents of vaccinations have existed. People fear injecting mysterious substances into their body, which is understandable. However, this is not grounds for putting other people at risk. Every person that is able to be vaccinated should be made to, for public safety. A small portion of the populations exists that cannot be innoculated, whether by socioeconomic status or pre-existing conditions, and are highly susceptible to diseases like measles or smallpox. The government has a responsibility to care for these individuals, and the best way to do so is by making contact with the disease nigh-impossible.

    Next, based on science, allowing viruses to linger only makes them more dangerous. Viruses hold the ability to mutate themselves over time, meaning the ones that produce natural resistances to vaccines will thrive. These mutations can only come about if they have a host, which non-vaccinated people provide. Every time a virus outbreak occurs the chance for mutation increases, putting the public more at risk.

    Finally, on legal grounds, states have been given a green light to “enact compulsory laws to protect the public in the event of a communicable disease” through the use of mandatory vaccination. In the 1905 case Jacobson vs Massachusetts, the supreme court ruled that Massachusetts had the right to make all residents of Cambridge, MA, receive a vaccination against smallpox in light of a recent outbreak. While this is solely on a state level, and probably could not extend to federal government based on the right of morality given to states, this paves the way for a coalition of states to enact compulsory vaccination laws in accordance with each other.

    In conclusion, the federal government may not have constitutional grounds to impose compulsory vaccination, but states do. In the best interest of the country, states need to band together and make vaccinations compulsory before a super-virus resistant to vaccinations is created.

    https://www.historyofvaccines.org/index.php/content/articles/history-anti-vaccination-movements
    https://www.historyofvaccines.org/index.php/content/articles/viruses-and-evolution
    https://www.oyez.org/cases/1900-1940/197us11

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  • Chisom from Kentucky

    I think that vaccines should be made mandatory. The main reason is because those who do not receive their vaccinations are more susceptible to multiple diseases or making them more common than they should be. This is an infringement on other people’s right because it is putting the health safety of the public behind an individual. Although the argument is that certain freedoms from the 1st might be violated, and ultimately, that is true. But just because you believe that your immune system is strong, and it may be, does not mean that you should be able to carry these diseases to places full of people with “weaker” immune systems (HIV and AIDS for example) making them more susceptible to disease and pain.

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  • Paul from Kentucky

    Unless someone is unable to take a vaccine for medical reasons, I believe that people should be required to be vaccinated. I believe that the benefits greatly outnumber the cons. Some people, namely Christians, refuse to be vaccinated because of how the vaccines are developed. However, the Catholic Church has approved of and advocated for people being vaccinated. It is proven to save lives, and it dramatically decreases people’s risk of disease. Even though it is different, pets such as dogs are required to get certain shots and tags. Furthermore, there is almost never a solution to a problem that everyone agrees with, but sometimes people have to make an educated decision for the benefit of others. It is the same way that some congressmen and congresswomen choose to represent their constituents. In response to vaccines, I believe the government should take charge and make vaccines mandatory.

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  • Claire from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be mandatory in the United States. By inoculating people at younger ages, this will help them to further fight diseases. Those who do not receive vaccines are more susceptible to attaining those diseases and possibly having worse symptoms than those who get the vaccine and happen to get the disease. Those who are vaccinated are more likely to not come down with those diseases or viruses than those who don’t have the proper vaccines. While some believe that vaccines are a freedom of religion and speech, those who aren’t vaccinated put those around them at a higher risk for contracting a virus whether they are vaccinated or not. Those who close specifically not to vaccinate their children put them at a higher risk for being hospitalized and reaping the consequences of an almost preventable virus. Also, for those who believe that vaccines cause Autism, the main ingredient in vaccines in the past, Thimerosal, has been taken out of vaccines. Autism is a genetic disorder, proving that the ingredients in vaccines cannot genetically alter your make-up. In conclusion, vaccines should be a requirement because those who are vaccinated will be more able to fight of viruses and diseases over those who are not.

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  • Hailey from Kentucky

    Yes, they should be as those people who chose not to be vaccinated have the ability to spread diseases that were once eradicated via vaccines. The diseases that can be contained by vaccinations are passed on to people who cannot/ refuse to be vaccinated. This crisis endangers all Americans as everyone is more susceptible to disease when few decide against vaccinations. If vaccinations were compulsory, then all Americans would benefit as peace of mind would be universally established.

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be compulsory in the United States. This will ensure the protection of the majority of Americans from diseases that can spread quickly and harm large numbers of people. It will ideally result in decreased costs for health insurance and medical treatment as more and more diseases are “eradicated.” Health care, then, will not “need” to be provided by the government. It will provide better and safer education in our schools will less and less students becoming sick each year allowing teachers to focus on teaching rather than making up work.

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  • Jonah from Kentucky

    Vaccinations should be mandatory in the United States, unless there is a medical reason, such as having an allergy to eggs or in cancer treatment. If all able persons got the vaccinations, then diseases would not spread and our society could remain healthy. If one person starts an outbreak of a disease, there is no limit on when or where the outbreak will end. If, however, all able persons get vaccinated, then diseases would not spread and all citizens would be safer from theses diseases.

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be mandatory for all people, excluding people who cannot receive vaccines. Some people think that vaccines go against their religious and speech rights but their right to freedom of speech and religion should not supersede another person’s right to life. For instance, if a person doesn’t get vaccinated they put people with autoimmune diseases, the elderly, and cancer patients at risk of contracting a potentially fatal disease.

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  • Patrick from Kentucky

    They should be mandatory for anyone who is able to take a vaccine. Vaccines help reduce the spread of diseases and we don’t need EVERYONE to have them. Vaccines help protect even those who are not able to take the vaccine because more people will be vaccinated and it will help protect from a full outbreak like we have seen with measles recently.

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  • Shaylyne from Montana

    Vaccinating yourself or your children is in the good of the community and everyone that ever comes into contact with you or your child. This helps to keep students healthier at schools and keeping their attendance up, which will help lead to a more informed population.

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  • Dianelle from Texas

    The idea of vaccination has been here for centuries and helped us eradicate major diseases, such as smallpox. The benefits of vaccination also outweigh the risks by far.

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  • Michelle from Montana

    Yes, vaccines should be compulsory in the United States, especially when students go to public schools. Some who are unable to receive vaccinations due to medical reasons would be dismissed, but everyone else who is able to receive them should. In my previous research on this subject, there are no religions that actually prohibit receiving a vaccination. This means all people are able to receive them without violating their religion. By ensuring all people who are able to be vaccinated are vaccinated, the government is promoting the general welfare of the public which is one of their goals in the Preamble of the Constitution.

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  • Brent from Kentucky

    A vaccine mandate is the easiest and best way to ensure protection of all individuals from illnesses that can cause suffering and death of illness. However, more 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year and approximately 1.5 million of these deaths are in children less than 5 years old. It is a necessity that we all get vaccinated, especially the youth of our nation. The youth is our future, and by not having them vaccinated only increases the likelihood that they die. According to the Washington Post, the percentage of anti vaxxers has quadrupled since 2001, rising from 0.3% to about 1.3% of children born in 2015. The most common counter to Compulsory Vaccinations is that Anti Vaxxers will say that it is their choice or civil right to choose if they want to be vaccinated. However this does not just affect the individual, and their civil rights, to decide that they do not want to vaccinate their child. Anti Vaxxers deny their children the safest and cheapest solution to stop vaccine-preventable diseases, preventing innocent children’s rights to be protected and can also be a form of negligence. But the most important part of compulsory vaccinations is that it provides community immunity. With this we can establish herd immunity to break down the leading increase of easily treated diseases by the use of vaccines, most notably measles. With enough people being vaccinated, germs and diseases will not be able to travel as easily from person to person, spreading the disease. If a parent or guardian refuses to provide a vaccination for a child it should be the states job to intervene to ensure that every child is vaccinated and protected.

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  • harrison from California

    Yes,vaccinations is a tool that can be beneficial
    For everyone. Also, it would limit the cases of measles that have been reported by the Center for Disease Comtrol. Furthermore, I believe no would want to risk their families from getting the measles. Therefore, people around the country can start a chain reaction of being vaccinated. Overall, that is why I voted yes on why vaccinations should be mandatory.

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  • Samuel from California

    In this day and age, there are numerous necessary laws needed in order to keep order in store and keep away chaos from happening, some of which affect if we have a personal opinion in a certain topic or not. To make vaccines compulsory, I believe, is necessary in order to keep public health safe and prevent an outbreak from occurring. I wouldn’t say its a national risk, however it is a problem none the less that needs to be addressed. It’s better to be safe than sorry for our children and future generations, even if its goes against our core beliefs. As a minor myself, I rather be given a shot by professionals who study and work day and night to create a vaccination to better protect the country than risk being contaminated and risking my health.

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  • Robert from California

    Yes, Vaccines should be mediatory for all United Sates citizens. Not only would this be in the interest to maintain public health. But this action would protect Americans from diseases that were already eradicated; such as polio which was eradicated by vaccination created after an epidemic crippled a plethora of children up until the 1950’s. Though some may argue that mandatory vaccination would infringe on many American’s unalienable rights, in actuality the government stresses vaccinations because it’s interest is in the entire population of Americans and not the minuscule population of Non-vaccinated ones who could potentially put others at risk.

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  • emma from California

    If you don’t vaccinate your child, it will harm them and others around the child. There are cases that people can get polio, whooping cough, and many other horrible diseases. This is really bad because if they are close to other children (ie. in an elementary school) it can easily be spread around.

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  • Dinah from California

    Vaccines should be mandatory to give to children not only to protect your child but also other children. If vaccines are given to all of the kids then there is a chance certain diseases may be eradicated, such as measles. If all children are vaccinated and unable to get measles, the strand my die off. Also if your kid has vaccines, and cannot contract these diseases, they also can’t pass them onto other children. These vaccines should be mandatory in order to keep children from contracting these diseases and saving money on treatment for the families and facilities. If less people are getting treated for diseases that can otherwise be vaccinated to avoid, more energy can be spent treating patients with diseases such as cancer or CF and more.

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  • Jordyn from California

    Vaccinations have greatly reduced the amount of prevalent diseases within our country. In fact, prior to the pushback against vaccinations, we had eradicated a variety of deadly diseases. From measles and mumps, to tuberculosis, the increasing number of people who aren’t getting vaccinated have caused these diseases to make a come back. I believe that vaccinations should be required by law, unless an individual is allergic to a chemical or such in the formula itself. If we continue down this path against vaccinations, diseases such as small pox could come back as well, uneccesarily endangering a vast amount of people.

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  • Brandon from California

    Vaccines should be compulsory to make sure people don’t get sick. Vaccines are necessary to prevent people from getting diseases. For that very reason, there’s no reason why vaccines wouldn’t be passed as a law. People may argue that it’s against their liberty but it’s not only for their own benefit, but others as well. Vaccines becoming compulsory would be in everyone’s best interest long term wise.

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    Vaccines should be compulsory to make sure people don’t get sick. Vaccines are necessary to prevent people from getting diseases. For that very reas…

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  • Emily from California

    I understand that parents feel they should be able to control whether or not their children are vaccinated. However, the choice of vaccination for your child affects other children as well. Schools require children to be vaccinated because if just one student isn’t, in closed quarters bacteria can spread. Vaccinations are to keep our future generations healthy. It is not fair to endanger other children and families because of what you choose to do with your child. I believe all children should be vaccinated to protect them and others around them.

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    I understand that parents feel they should be able to control whether or not their children are vaccinated. However, the choice of vaccination for you…

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  • Summer from New York

    I think that we should have vaccinations. In the year 2000 measles were gone. I think that you should be vaccinated, because if you are carrying measles you could spread it to somebody else, and get them sick. Some argue that it will take away personal liberties, because they will be forced to vaccinate their children. It is important that we protect ourselves, so that then we can protect others around us. It is so contiguous, it could spread to many more people.

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    I think that we should have vaccinations. In the year 2000 measles were gone. I think that you should be vaccinated, because if you are carrying measl…

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    Yes, I think the vaccines should be required by law. Vaccines are there to keep us healthy so taking them away would make us at a higher risk for illnesses and problems with our health. Vaccines may sometimes have negative side effects but it is the overall good of them that we should appreciate and support. Vaccines should be required by law and not an option because some people are not educated enough to know whether vaccines are good or not and whether or not they should receive them. By making them required, all people will stay healthy.

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    Yes, I think the vaccines should be required by law. Vaccines are there to keep us healthy so taking them away would make us at a higher risk for illn…

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think vaccines should be mandatory because they keep viruses from spreading. It will keep people in America safe.

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  • Joey from Kentucky

    The anti-vax movement is based on baseless and scientifically inaccurate and flat out false claims. Vaccination does not only help you and your children but as well as those around you. Choosing to innoculate your child protects against diseases both prevalent in society and ones that were eradicated long ago such as polio and measles. Now that many people are choosing not to vaccinate, these diseases are reappearing and threatening our public health.

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    The anti-vax movement is based on baseless and scientifically inaccurate and flat out false claims. Vaccination does not only help you and your child…

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  • Brennan from Kentucky

    Yes, I do believe everyone should be vaccinated. If people did not vaccinate it would affect neighbors and friends. It would leave everyone prone to said disease. It is awful to see mothers and fathers not vaccinating their children. I know that if I was a father I would be getting my child vaccinated because I would never put my own child at risk or the lives of other children.

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    Yes, I do believe everyone should be vaccinated. If people did not vaccinate it would affect neighbors and friends. It would leave everyone prone to s…

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  • Peyton from Kentucky

    Vaccination should be compulsory. Recently, there have been many outbreaks of diseases that could have been prevented with vaccination. Even though parents may not want their children to be vaccinated it should be mandatory for the safety and protection of the community as a whole. It also should be a requirement for the betterment of the child, no matter what the opinions of the parent are. By requiring vaccinations we are making an easy decision to prevent diseases from spreading. Why would we not prevent discomfort and sickness for a growing number of people when we have the ability to with vaccinations?

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    Vaccination should be compulsory. Recently, there have been many outbreaks of diseases that could have been prevented with vaccination. Even though …

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  • Elijah from Kentucky

    Vaccines should absolutely be required by the United States government. There are certain people such as cancer patients that can not get vaccines due to their illnesses. When someone who can get a vaccine but chooses not to do so gets an illness that could have been prevented, the person who is not able to receive the vaccine now has a better chance of getting sick. The sicknesses are far more dangerous for the cancer patients because their immune systems are weaker than the average person. While I do feel that requiring the vaccine does in a way violate our freedoms, I think that it is for the common good that everyone gets one.

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    Vaccines should absolutely be required by the United States government. There are certain people such as cancer patients that can not get vaccines due…

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    Vaccines should be strictly mandated; however, it is not in order to take away personal freedoms but for the protection of others. Parents should still be allowed to make their own decisions regarding their child’s medical care; however, in cases where it could harm other children it should be required. For example, some children with certain diseases or those receiving chemotherapy cannot receive vaccines and they are protected by everyone else receiving them. Now that people are refusing vaccines we are putting these people in unnecessary danger. We cannot endanger the right to life for these people.

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    Vaccines should be strictly mandated; however, it is not in order to take away personal freedoms but for the protection of others. Parents should st…

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  • Ysabel from Kentucky

    I believe that vaccines in the United States should be compulsory despite it being against some of the religious beliefs of some people. There are plenty of statistics that illustrate how susceptible people would be to illnesses if not vaccinated. An infant has to frequently check in with the doctors in order to check for any illnesses that they may possess, especially in the first couple years. Why? Because they are incredibly susceptible to illnesses due to their developing immune system and they often have to take shots in order to prevent diseases that could gravely harm them. Similarly, people of all ages and races are susceptible to diseases if they don’t take action to take medicine such as vaccines.

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    I believe that vaccines in the United States should be compulsory despite it being against some of the religious beliefs of some people. There are ple…

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  • Madelyn from Kentucky

    In the United States we are blessed to have the resources for medical care and health for all. Citizens should take advantage of this opportunity and vaccinate their children. This would not only protect the health of the one child but would also help the common good as it would stop the spread of diseases such as measles that can easily be prevented by vaccination. I think it should be mandatory for parents to vaccinate their kids because even though there could be risks and some believe this would infringe on our 1st amendment rights, overall the benefits outweigh the negatives.

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    In the United States we are blessed to have the resources for medical care and health for all. Citizens should take advantage of this opportunity and …

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  • Tara from Kentucky

    Without vaccinations thousands of people could potentially die from diseases that are treatable with the vaccines that most are unwilling to provide their kids with. Without vaccinating your kids you are upping the chances that the disease that your child has could turn into a pandemic as a result of it being spread to other kids in your child’s school.

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    Without vaccinations thousands of people could potentially die from diseases that are treatable with the vaccines that most are unwilling to provide t…

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  • william david from Kentucky

    The choice to not vaccinate their child is a form of negligence. You put your own child at risk along with many other children. To an extent not vaccinating you child is like letting them carry a knife, Its not just your decision if they want to bring it in public its also the schools

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    The choice to not vaccinate their child is a form of negligence. You put your own child at risk along with many other children. To an extent not vacci…

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  • Katelynne from North Carolina

    I do think that vaccinations should be compulsory in the United States. Although I understand that some people may fear that their liberties are being restricted because they will not be able to choose if they receive a vaccination or not, we have to realize that by people choosing to not get vaccinated, they not only place themselves in danger, but others are well. Those who are not vaccinated are a safety risk to all those around them, as they have the potential to spread harmful diseases and viruses. I think that the US should require all people to get vaccinated, especially those who spend time in school and other public places, where it is easier to spread diseases and viruses. Vaccines were made to protect and help make our immune systems stronger, making it easier for our body to support diseases, and to develop immunity possibly. By making vaccines compulsory in the US, we create a better chance for protecting our people and allowing them the potential to live a healthy life.

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    I do think that vaccinations should be compulsory in the United States. Although I understand that some people may fear that their liberties are being…

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  • Autumn from New York

    Vaccines should be compulsory. The choice to not vaccinate your child puts other children at risk. If you take your nonvaccinated child or self into the public who unknowingly is beginning to display signs of the measles, you put other individuals at risk of becoming infected. Especially if there are infants present. Some infants are not yet old enough to receive vaccines. By then exposing them to an almost eradicated disease they could have fatality due to come in contact with someone who is not vaccinated. I realize that the opposition of this ideal may believe that making vaccinations compulsory infringes upon civil liberties. However is it worth putting others at risk of fatality because you do not wish to vaccinate yourself or your children? In some cases sacrifices must be made in order to protect the population to do the greater good for citizens.

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    Vaccines should be compulsory. The choice to not vaccinate your child puts other children at risk. If you take your nonvaccinated child or self into t…

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  • Matthew from New York

    Vaccinations should be mandatory to an extent I feel like. There are 2 sides to this story because on one hand vaccines have provided medication to diseases that people want to eradicate from there bodies and we need to take in to account that we should take advantage of the medication we have developed over the years and we don’t know it but we could have cancer and not know it and if I have to have that treated I want the correct and right medication and treatment and the proper vaccine. On the other hand though I can see why people choose not to vaccinate there child because of their beliefs, religion ect, but if the child got a life-threatening disease that limited its time on this earth, then my beliefs are that you need to take your child to the hospital or he/she might not make it. At the end of the day it is up to the legal guardian of that child to chose the choices in life that could possibly benefit or drastically change your child’s life forever. I still believe though vaccines are a necessity in life and we should take advantage of our medicines in this world.

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  • Katherine from California

    Certain vaccines in the United States should be mandatory to attend public school, such as vaccines against Measles, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis B. The deadly diseases that are vaccine-preventable should be vaccinated against, but there should be options left open for the more controversial vaccines, such as sexually-transmitted diseases. There should be certain exceptions, such as people with conditions that would conflict with the vaccines themselves. Vaccines should be able to be optional if a child is not attending public school or are employed at government facilities. These diseases are still circulating around, and it was “eliminated in the United States in 2000 but is endemic in many other countries. It is brought in when people who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated visit from a place where the virus is circulating or when people living in the United States visit such a place and return with an infection” (CNN). So I think that the option should be open to those who don’t attend public schools or work at government jobs but the option should still be open to those who don’t attend those facilities.

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    Certain vaccines in the United States should be mandatory to attend public school, such as vaccines against Measles, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis B. The…

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  • Tyler from California

    While vaccinations are able to offer immunity from deadly diseases, they should not be mandated by the government. This would be a violation of human rights and an infringement on religious values. Senator Rand Paul stated in an interview that there have been cases where healthy, normal children have developed “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated. The mere fact that a vaccine has the capability to detour a healthy life should be enough to keep vaccines non-compulsory. Paul also stated that the government “admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines” which is an alarming confession. I do believe that it is a smart idea for parents to vaccinate their child, however, it is not feasible to make it compulsory.

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    While vaccinations are able to offer immunity from deadly diseases, they should not be mandated by the government. This would be a violation of human …

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  • Carlos from California

    I believe that the measles vaccine should be mandatory because the benefits vastly outweigh the risks. It would keep the public safer and healthier. There would be alot less measle outbreaks if everyone was vaccinated. There should however be an exemption for religion to not conflict with the first amendment. I think for the greater good of the future. If less people vaccinate their kids then more and more outbreaks will probably happen. I understand why people don’t want to but the interest of the greater public matters more than person preference.

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    I believe that the measles vaccine should be mandatory because the benefits vastly outweigh the risks. It would keep the public safer and healthier. T…

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  • Morgan from California

    I agree that everyone should be vaccinated. The only thing I disagree with is that it makes it seem like the government is in control of childrens health. With everyone being vaccinated, there wont be outbreaks happening anymore or rarely any. It will help the children sway away from illnesses. It protects your children from getting sick and others around from getting sick. Everyone being vaccinated will help prevent the government from trying to keep the disease from spreading. Vaccinations have saved so many lives.

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    I agree that everyone should be vaccinated. The only thing I disagree with is that it makes it seem like the government is in control of childrens hea…

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  • Nesta from California

    Mandatory vaccines provide a national care towards children, and the future of humanity. Although parents must have the ability to decide for their young children, many cases of non-vaccinated children result in young deaths. The assurance a vaccination gives a parent – that their child will be safe and unharmed by these diseases – should cause more parents to vaccinate their children. A vaccinated child is able to live their life without the worry of succumbing to diseases that have a history of killing people. Mandating vaccines can prove to be completely beneficial to the survival of our children.

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    Mandatory vaccines provide a national care towards children, and the future of humanity. Although parents must have the ability to decide for their yo…

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  • Zoheb from California

    Vaccinations are a natural disease-fighting system of the body. They prevent children from getting sick. The vaccines stimulate the immune system to protect the person against the disease. It makes the body stronger against a powerful infection. The body fights infections using the immune system.

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    Vaccinations are a natural disease-fighting system of the body. They prevent children from getting sick. The vaccines stimulate the immune system to p…

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  • mayia from California

    “This year’s number is 58 shy of the 372 cases reported in all of 2018, the second-highest number in more than two decades.” measles was no longer a thing in the united states until this year, the people who got measles did not get vaccinated and caused them to become ill. if you know you can save your kid from a disease why wouldn’t you want to let them take the shot if you knew it would save them. The disease was eliminated in the United States in 2000 but is endemic in many other countries. It is brought in when people who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated visit from a place where the virus is circulating or when people living in the United States visit such a place and return with an infection.

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    “This year’s number is 58 shy of the 372 cases reported in all of 2018, the second-highest number in more than two decades.” measles was no longer a t…

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  • Tyler from California

    Personally if I was a parent and I had children, I would want them protected from harmful diseases so I would vaccinate them. But I would not have that same power with say their friends, or my friends children. If there is a disease that you could protect from your children wouldn’t you want to do that. I don’t understand why you would risk your children’s health for personal preference or even religious reasons. Over 3 million people die from vaccination-preventable problems every year and it could be solved with just a shot.

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    Personally if I was a parent and I had children, I would want them protected from harmful diseases so I would vaccinate them. But I would not have tha…

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  • Austin from California

    “The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 health threats in the world” (The Editorial Board). Parents do have a reasonable right to say what kind of medicine goes into their children’s body’s. Just like they have a say in what food their kid eats, or what their kid does for extra curriculars, or whether their child can go out on a Friday night. But, just because parents have a say in what goes on does not mean that it’s a good thing. Reasonably speaking, sending an unvaccinated child to school or to any public place is a threat to public safety, I hope we can all agree that our right to be safe supersedes your right to control your child.

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    “The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 health threats in the world” (The Editorial Board). Parents do ha…

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  • Emily from California

    Vaccines are of the utmost importance to public health and safety for the entire population. No harm is intended by vaccination, but a great harm is created by the lack of inoculation. I agree with Sen. Paul’s statement, “the benefits of most vaccines vastly outweigh the risks.” I understand that the unknowns of vaccines can be frightening, however, I think most people can agree that suffering from a terrible disease and inflicting that pain on a child is much worse. According to CNN, measles, a disease that was close to being eradicated is now making a return with over “300 cases this year”. I believe that the government should put greater restrictions on vaccination to protect our nation’s children and our ever growing population.

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    Vaccines are of the utmost importance to public health and safety for the entire population. No harm is intended by vaccination, but a great harm is c…

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  • Sean from California

    Many of those who are opposed to vaccinations believe that the risks of health complications borne by vaccinations are too high. They claim that vaccines are a cause of autism and that most of the chemicals in vaccines, such as a mercury compound called thiomersal, attribute to that side effect. These assumptions are preposterous in light of scientific support for vaccines. There is no link between autism and vaccines; it’s genetic, not viral. Things like thiomersal are necessary to make proper vaccines; it’s a preservative that is as safe as science can prove. It is possible for leading science to create vaccines that look “safer” for the public, but that in itself is solving a problem that never existed in the first place. Vaccines have already proven themselves to be affective in saving the lives of millions; the United States was able to completely eradicate smallpox because of vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy, which has been registered by the World Health Organization as one of the world’s top ten global health threats of 2019, has already proven its greater lethality by allowing “at least 314 cases of measles” (CNN) to ever persist when preventable.

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    Many of those who are opposed to vaccinations believe that the risks of health complications borne by vaccinations are too high. They claim that vacci…

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  • Hunter from California

    Vaccination should be mandatory for all throughout the United States because it is a public safety hazard. Obviously vaccinations are not proven to 100% protect you from viruses but mandatory vaccination would lessen the amount of cases each year. Some argue that parents should make decisions for their children but when that child spreads a virus because they are not vaccinated, they are to blame. Since the U.S is having the biggest outbreak of measles in 2 decades, vaccinations should be mandatory or else it will get worse and worse by the year. I don’t believe vaccines could be forced upon people because it cannot be a crime for not getting vaccinated. According to CNN, viruses often pop up in the U.S because of people leaving unvaccinated and coming back with a virus. I believe people should not be able to leave the country without being vaccinated because its not worth the risk of bringing back a virus and affecting the people in the U.S.

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    Vaccination should be mandatory for all throughout the United States because it is a public safety hazard. Obviously vaccinations are not proven to 10…

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  • Sarah from California

    Vaccines are imperative to public safety and should therefore be mandatory for all those residing in the United States. Although there are risks involved with undergoing vaccinations that make parents reluctant to vaccinate their children, deciding not to will only contribute to a much bigger issue- disease outbreak. Measles is a highly contagious, often fatal, disease. According to CNN, measles “…is brought in when people who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated visit a place where the virus is circulating or when people living in the united states visit such a place and then return with an infection.” It is important to consider that an uproar of anti-vaccine ideologies are contributing to the increase in measles, as well as other vaccine preventable diseases, that were once eliminated. In order to prevent a mass outbreak of disease, it is necessary for the U.S. government to step in and enforce mandatory vaccinations for the great or good of our population.

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    Vaccines are imperative to public safety and should therefore be mandatory for all those residing in the United States. Although there are risks invol…

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  • Elijah from California

    The government should control that babies should get vaccinated.I believe it protects the public from extinct diseases that have killed millions and it makes the virus susceptible of returning and potentially causing a mass outbreak. Plenty of cases have been reported of measles in states such as New York and California. Although people believe they should be able to control that, if you bring risk of something that could take millions of lives, the government should be able to control that. That should be the only reason why though that government takes control of a parents child.

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    The government should control that babies should get vaccinated.I believe it protects the public from extinct diseases that have killed millions and i…

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  • Christian from California

    It’s a matter of public health. While I agree everyone should have personal rights to do anything they want, when it comes to public health the good of others must come first.

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  • Kylie from California

    In America, a country founded off of freedom and equality, we should be able to choose what we do with our bodies. But when our choices put others in danger, the Government has to put rules in place. Choosing not to vaccinate your children is a personal choice, but I don’t think your children should be allowed in public spaces because potentially, they are a threat to others. When you aren’t Vaccinated, you can carry many harmful diseases that can put others life’s in danger. Many of the things we vaccinate for, can be deadly. With everything there is risk, but not being vaccinated and getting a sickness because of it is more likely than a vaccination itself causing mental disorders.

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    In America, a country founded off of freedom and equality, we should be able to choose what we do with our bodies. But when our choices put others in …

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  • Christian from California

    Why wouldn’t you want to protect your child from diseases that would be gone if everyone was vaccinated in the first place. Anti vax people always claim that it is the child’s right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated (protected). I’m sorry but any child that voluntarily chooses to expose themselves to diseases can just go ahead and contract measles immediately.

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    Why wouldn’t you want to protect your child from diseases that would be gone if everyone was vaccinated in the first place. Anti vax people always cla…

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  • Kevin from California

    When it comes to the evaluation of common good and natural rights we must take into consideration the reality of how fast the common good can be compromised if natural rights were to be valued more. In this case, the common good of the people is to make vaccines compulsory and the natural right is to make it optional. Now, one thing must be made clear; on one side of this argument stands vaccines that have been proven over several decades to fight and prevent numerous diseases of all kinds and on the contrary simply a vague statement claiming that vaccines lead to various mental illnesses. In the wake of this realization we as a people must realize what we truly have here; of course as American people we all want our natural rights but in all reality the common good of all the people must be valued extremely more than a natural right that only a small percent of the population would use. Any breach by a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine will cause a massive outbreak leaving men, women, and children alike to suffer; maybe then we as a people will truly realize the importance of vaccines.

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  • Eric from Kansas

    To get into a school you have to be vaccinated for the common diseases

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  • Laila from California

    I believe that vaccines in the United States should be compulsory. With the outbreak of measles in over 15 states reported by CNN, many families need to think of the safety of their children before copping out of the idea of the vaccine. There are a mass of people who believe that the vaccine could cause a type of disability in their child but overtime the hoax has been shot down with claims of no evidence. With the vaccine being compulsory, many children will be able to get a proper education without being banned from certain schools for being not vaccinated. This is the main focus on why vaccines should be compulsory instead of a choice.

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  • Taylor from California

    Vaccines should be compulsory for U.S. citizens under the age of 18. I think that once you are an adult you can choose whether to get vaccinated or not but when you are not an adult you should get them to better yourself. I think that vaccines will overall save you from getting a really dangerous disease and could save your life. The Washington Post says, “The recent measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has sickened at least 75 people, most of them unvaccinated children under 10.” This shows that children are getting this dangerous disease and are unvaccinated. This also shows that children should get the vaccine because they have a whole life ahead of themselves and shouldn’t have to go through something that horrible. Once you are an adult you can do whatever and if you choose to not get vaccinated then that is your choice but children don’t have a choice of their life so they should be vaccinated.

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  • Isaac from California

    Yes, I feel that the vaccinations should be something that’s mandatory and should be done for public safety, and to avoid the disease case from spreading more than it already has. I can see how others can disagree and feel that the vaccinations can be harmful or painful for the kids, but getting the vaccinations done maybe a benefit to not only society but as well as your loved ones.

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    Yes, I feel that the vaccinations should be something that’s mandatory and should be done for public safety, and to avoid the disease case from spre…

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  • Christopher from California

    I believe that parents should not have the option to opt out of essential vaccines. They should not be allowed to opt out of essential vaccines as it will endanger the other children around them. The number of cases for measles is way to high for a disease that is preventable with a vaccine. “This year’s number is 58 shy of the 372 cases reported in all of 2018, the second-highest number in more than two decades. “ This means that in less than four months there have 314 cases of measles reported while there were only 372 cases in all of 2018. Jumps like this don’t just occur for no reason. The support for anti vaccination is most likely the cause of this jump. Forcing certain vaccinations to be received would therefore help in protecting the people from the diseases they shouldn’t have to worry about in this day and age.

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    I believe that parents should not have the option to opt out of essential vaccines. They should not be allowed to opt out of essential vaccines as it …

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  • Sarah from California

    I believe that vaccines in the United States
    should be compulsory because it is needed for public safety. We have given people the choice of vaccination, and as a result diseases that have been eradicated for centuries are coming back. For example, the measles outbreak in the United States is at an all time high and increasing rapidly. I believe this is because of the increasing number of people who choose not to vaccinate their children. It has been proven time and time again that vaccines can eradicate harmful diseases so, in my opinion, vaccinations should mandatory in order for our future citizens to lead happy lives.

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    I believe that vaccines in the United States
    should be compulsory because it is needed for public safety. We have given people the choice of vaccina…

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  • Jesse from California

    There have been over 400 cases in which children have gotten diseases due to them not being vaccinated. The parents should not decide whether to vaccinate their kids it should be the kids choice i understand when they are young they can not make the choice for themselves, especially because they can not talk or make conscious decisions at young ages. I believe that kids must be vaccinated to attend public schools because other children can be put in harm’s way if other kids aren’t vaccinated and bring that sickness to school with them. In my personal opinion my kid will be vaccinated because i care for my future child and wouldn’t want to even risk them getting sick.

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  • Chloe from California

    I believe that vaccines should be compulsory. In the CNN health article, it says that this year there has been the 2nd most reported cases of measles and 2 decades. Sources say that measles was declared eliminated and 2000 but since the anti vaccine movement had grown the case came back up. People not getting vaccinated or their children are becoming an issue for the public not just themselves. As the public voice we need to speak up and talk about how more bad than good is coming from people not being vaccinated.

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    I believe that vaccines should be compulsory. In the CNN health article, it says that this year there has been the 2nd most reported cases of measl…

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  • isaac from North Dakota

    I vote yes because there are a lot of harmful diseases out there and to keep the kids or adult safe from these harmful diseases, they should be required to get their vaccinations so adults can still go to work and not be sick all the time or even die if it gets that bad, same for kids they are more important because they are our future of this world. Also its not fair to healthy people that get there vaccinations and someone that doesn’t get there vaccination, depending on how sick they are they can still get someone with the vaccination sick so basically they spent there money for no reason.

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    I vote yes because there are a lot of harmful diseases out there and to keep the kids or adult safe from these harmful diseases, they should be requir…

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  • Destiny from North Dakota

    I believe that vaccines should be required by law. In schools, in some states, they require it already, where if you want to attend a certain school you have to have the vaccines that are required. It would not be fair to others if they got the disease from people that didn’t want the vaccination.

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    I believe that vaccines should be required by law. In schools, in some states, they require it already, where if you want to attend a certain school y…

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  • dylan from North Dakota

    Yes I feel like it should be required to get vaccinated. But I also feel it shouldn’t be required. I lean more towards it being required because the amount of things people can get is a great number. if they are going to require kids to get the shots I feel like they should make something for the people that cant afford them. Religion is a major reason that people to don’t give there children shots. But some of they are because they cant afford them. so I feel like they should have some government aid for them. This will help get more into the doctor to get shots. I feel like if you don’t get shots your putting others at risk. If you don’t lets your kids get shots I feel like they shouldn’t be able to go to public places that kids go for the simple fact there in risk of contaminating others.

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    Yes I feel like it should be required to get vaccinated. But I also feel it shouldn’t be required. I lean more towards it being required because the a…

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  • Zachary from North Dakota

    Vaccines save lives therefore they should be mandatory.

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  • Daniel from North Dakota

    i think that vaccines should be mandatory not just for your children’s safety but also for the safety of children around them. The myth that vaccines cause autism has been proven false there is nothing to worry about. There have already been 300 + cases of measles just since January 1st don’t be ignorant and not vaccinate your child.

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    i think that vaccines should be mandatory not just for your children’s safety but also for the safety of children around them. The myth that vaccine…

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  • Dayden from North Dakota

    I feel like the protection of children should be more important than rights. Children are our future and we have to set good examples for them and protect them and keep them healthy. You as an adult you will be history in a few years but the children will keep this world alive, unless they all die because no one “didn’t have time” to go get a vaccination.

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    I feel like the protection of children should be more important than rights. Children are our future and we have to set good examples for them and pro…

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  • Shane from Virginia

    If you are endangering the lives of others then you should do the best you possibly can to stop that. If Vaccines were legally required during the yellow fever epidemic of the late 1700s, despite the lack of a cure at the time, then thousands of lives would be saved, communities would not perish, and families would not be divided. So I believe vaccines should be required by law if you are endangering the life of another human.

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    If you are endangering the lives of others then you should do the best you possibly can to stop that. If Vaccines were legally required during the yel…

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Vaccines have proven to only help fight against diseases that have become all but obsolete in the US, not taking them, however, makes them a unnecessary issue. Having vaccines compulsory would be a wise decision to save more lives rather then have a few impaired due to an unwise choice. Even though vaccines are unpleasant, that is no reason to not take them, putting one’s health at risk, and even worse a child’s. Vaccines help fight many detrimental ailments like Tetanus, HPV, the Flu, Meningitis, Polio and MMR to name a few. Vaccines only improve the lives of the people who have them, not having them could lead to a dreadful stay at the hospital for a prick that lasts for only a few seconds.

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  • Gavin from Arizona

    If we as Americans believe that each and every student deserves the opportunity to achieve as much as possible with as little set-backs as possible, then having families who do not vaccinate their children is not an option. By allowing those parents to leave their kids vulnerable to disease, they are impeding on their children’s ability to pursue life in its fullest.

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  • Jae from Kansas

    Vaccines help PROTECT us from diseases that can HARM the human race. If we lt “anti-vaxxers” choose to harm/no protect their own child which can possibly harm your own child then that could make diseases that could have been PREVENTED a epodemic.

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  • Maddy from California

    The safety of the general public should overpower one’s personal choice. There needs to be a line between free will and the protection of common good. The government should be able to control and mandate decisions if they have the potential to harm citizens. This is a part of their duty to protect us. We have seen the damage disease can do to a population in the past, and it would be foolish to allow the same devastating effects to happen now that we have the medical advancements to prevent it. In addition, minors do not have a say in their vaccinations, it is up to the government to be their voice when parents fall short.

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    The safety of the general public should overpower one’s personal choice. There needs to be a line between free will and the protection of common good….

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  • kitsel from Utah

    Freedom of choice and personal liberty come to an end when it harms the people/community around you.

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  • Michelle from Nevada

    Although we may have the personal liberty to decide whether we want to get vaccinated or not, we should consider the fact that by not getting vaccinated we are placing others in danger. In this case, our personal liberty should be limited for the security and protection of others. Therefore, vaccinations should be mandatory. Many may argue that our rights shouldn’t be limited, however many of them already are. For example, our freedom of speech is limited in the airport because we can’t say “bomb.” However, it is only limited for the safety of others. This would be another case where are our rights should be limited for the safety of those around us.

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    Although we may have the personal liberty to decide whether we want to get vaccinated or not, we should consider the fact that by not getting vaccinat…

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  • Joshua from Nevada

    I think that vaccines should be compulsory in the US because they would prevent the spread of diseases. Children who are not vaccinated are most likely to be the cause of the spreading. The last thing we would want is an epidemic. There are some cases where civil liberties have to be restricted for the greater good. For example the supreme court case Schenck v United States, Schenck’s freedom of speech of restricted because Congress had the power to solve a clear and present danger. This can be applied to this current situation.

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    I think that vaccines should be compulsory in the US because they would prevent the spread of diseases. Children who are not vaccinated are most likel…

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  • Mick from Kansas

    why would you not?

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  • Valeria from Nevada

    Vaccinations need to be a requirement. Maybe not all at once because it can take a toll on a child’s health, but over time children should get all their vaccinations. When people say this imposes on personal freedom they forget that not being vaccinated doesn’t just affect them, it affects people around them as well and that imposes on other’s personal freedom.

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  • charlie from New Hampshire

    Vaccines make sure you dont get any diseases that you might even die from. If a adult can either bring you or not they might not because maybe you dont have enough money or dont care. It can hurt someone if they dont get a vaccine.

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  • Liam from Texas

    ok im going to say this yes and no depending on the vaccine because there are many vaccines that are good for you but also there are some vaccines that are not good. Its not because of that case on vaccines giving you autism its because some vaccines have a harmful ingredient in it. I also believe people should get some diseases first hand so the body knows how to fight it off i also think you should have some sort of choice this is my take on vaccines thank you for reading.

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    ok im going to say this yes and no depending on the vaccine because there are many vaccines that are good for you but also there are some vaccines tha…

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  • bob from Texas

    they help keep people healthy

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  • Zoey from Texas

    Yes

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  • Brian from Texas

    Vaccines in the US should be compulsory because, for example, if someone has a high risk of getting polio and there is a vaccine that can prevent that then it should be mandatory for that person to get it.

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  • gorndon from Wisconsin

    Preventing your kid(s) from getting vaccines is putting them in possibly fatal danger, as well as all of the people who interact with them. Harming others is not a right

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  • rat from New Hampshire

    Yes. They should be compulsory. The limits of your rights should end when they interfere with other people’s safety. Yes, you have the liberty to choose to vaccinate your children or not, but in doing so you are putting other people in danger. Therefore you are actively harming other people. Additionally, most of the scientific reasoning against vaccinations is very inaccurate and untrue; there is no justifiable reason to refuse to vaccinate your children.

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    Yes. They should be compulsory. The limits of your rights should end when they interfere with other people’s safety. Yes, you have the liberty to choo…

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  • ben from New Hampshire

    Vaccines protect you from diseases, by not getting a vaccine you are not only endagering yourself but endargering the people around you.

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  • Connor from New Hampshire

    Not vaccinating kills other people. By not vaccinating you endanger other people’s lives so you should be required to vaccinate.

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  • Katherine from New Hampshire

    Even though some people argue that those who don’t get vaccinated are the only ones that are affected by the outbreaks, some diseases can in fact morph into a drug-resistant strain that cannot be vaccinated against. For example, if an individual doesn’t get vaccinated against TB, then it has the possibility to infect more and more people.

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  • brogan from New Hampshire

    People safety is more important because people have to do things for there families but if they are in bed sick they can’t do those things. That is why everybody should get vaccinations.😀

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    People safety is more important because people have to do things for there families but if they are in bed sick they can’t do those things. That is w…

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  • Freddie from Colorado

    Vaccines are keeping our people safe, especially our children. They prevent things like polio, and even hepatitis. These diseases are deadly, and if children are left untreated they could die, and pass it on to family friends and other children. Recently there has been a measles outbreak, possibly because some portion of the crowd is unvaccinated. Measles is so contagious it’s horrifying, you could cough and someone could get infected. Public safety should kind of be our top priority, I guess.

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    Vaccines are keeping our people safe, especially our children. They prevent things like polio, and even hepatitis. These diseases are deadly, and if c…

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  • L. from Utah

    Vaccines are keeping our people safe, especially our children. They prevent things like polio, and even hepatitis. These diseases are deadly, and if children are left untreated they could die, and pass it on to family friends and other children. Recently there has been a measles outbreak, possibly because some portion of the crowd is unvaccinated. Measles is so contagious it’s horrifying, you could cough and someone could get infected. Public safety should be our top priority.

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    Vaccines are keeping our people safe, especially our children. They prevent things like polio, and even hepatitis. These diseases are deadly, and if …

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  • Jeb from Alabama

    I think that people should get vaccinated because it helps keep the people in the public safe and kept away from danger

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  • Alix from New Hampshire

    Vaccines help eradicate diseases, and because many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, the diseases that a decade ago were nearly wiped out are now having a field day infecting and sometimes killing our family and friends.

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    Vaccines help eradicate diseases, and because many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, the diseases that a decade ago were nearly wi…

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  • gabriel from New Hampshire

    it will help the economy and better yet the world

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  • Jo from New Hampshire

    To Vaccinate or to Not Vaccinate?

    Although in many cases it is important to make sure we are preserving the right of choice, in this particular case the benefits of vaccinations and the dangers of not getting vaccinated overrule the right of choice. First of all, there are almost no reasons why you shouldn’t get vaccinated. Even the most primitive vaccines produced more positive results then negative. Many anti-vaxxers have uneducated and incorrect opinions against vaccines. For example, vaccines have been scientifically proven to not cause autism, yet many still use this incorrect statement to shield there mediocre argument. Secondly, not using vaccinations is a danger to individuals and society. By choosing not to use vaccinations, you are encouraging the spread of near extinct conditions such as polio, smallpox, and malaria. Children whose parents choose not to have them vaccinated are put in danger of illness and death, without even having a voice in the matter. Many people are arguing that having the option to vaccinate is important, but think about all the children that died due to lack of vaccination. Did they have a choice?

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  • Morgan from New Hampshire

    People need to be safe. That is the bottom line. It is important for everybody to get vaccinated for the risk of others getting diseases. It is hard in fact to get everybody to have them however, because they can get expensive. Not everybody can afford vaccinations.

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  • makennah from New Hampshire

    vaccinations are very important not just for you but for the other people around you. yes it’s your choice if you want to get a disease or not but if you say no i don’t want one i don’t care if i get a disease the people around are in jeopardy to getting a disease . also it is very important to get vaccinations , it’s one of those things that’s like whether you want it or not you have to get it.

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    vaccinations are very important not just for you but for the other people around you. yes it’s your choice if you want to get a disease or not but if …

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  • Avery from New Hampshire

    Vaccinations save lives and protect children and the people around them. Everyone deserves to be healthy, but the young kids can not control what their parents decide for them. The kids should not be getting sick and suffering because of their parents actions.

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    Vaccinations save lives and protect children and the people around them. Everyone deserves to be healthy, but the young kids can not control what thei…

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  • Olivia from New Hampshire

    Vaccinations should be compulsory for everybody. Without them, very dangerous and life threatening diseases can be spread or many people could get them. Instead of letting children die from preventable diseases, we could stop that and make vaccines required for everybody.

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  • Shlomie from New York

    Vaccinations save lives. Period. Making them compulsory is something every sane country must do. There is no downside. People who complain about “personal liberties” won’t be able to complain if they’re dead from a preventable disease. It’s common sense!

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    Vaccinations save lives. Period. Making them compulsory is something every sane country must do. There is no downside. People who complain about “pers…

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  • Alysia from Virginia

    Yes, yes, YES! Vaccines serve to not only protect our children but the health of ALL citizens. Vaccines have been scientifically tested time and time again, and prevent the spread of disease. While there are those who are allergic to vaccines and may suffer because of them, these cases are relatively rare. Children who cannot get vaccines to ward off diseases must rely on the immunity of those around them to keep them from getting sick (also known as herd immunity). Getting one’s children vaccinated protects not only them but also others around them from getting sick. Many parents are apprehensive about such things, but vaccines are important to maintain the health and safety of children, adults, and the elderly.

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  • Rachel from Nevada

    Vaccines in the United States should be compulsory because when parents decide to not vaccinate their children, they are basically saying that they don’t really care about the kids health or that the parents don’t care whether the kids gets sick. Vaccinations help with saving a kids life from diseases and helps with preventing them also getting sick. Being vaccinated helps with building a better future for young children because they wouldn’t have to worry about whether more prone to catching a disease because they weren’t vaccinated. Also knowing that here has been already 300 cases of measles and according to Washington post the fact that since 2001 the rate of kids not being vaccinated has increased dramatically should be a reason on why vaccination need to be mandatory.

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  • jose from Nevada

    Vaccines should be required for the good of the public, we can use them to prevent epidemics and potential deaths. Without vaccines there can be no peace within society with the possibility that a once extinct disease can sprout up a again or become viral from a third world country. It is not safe for children who are most vulnerable because of them spending their everyday life in a setting where they are surrounded with other kids. It is especially dangerous for those in low income communities who cant afford vaccination, and if its required we can prevent an outbreak in those communities that can eventually spread to the rest of the country or in the worse case scenario.

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    Vaccines should be required for the good of the public, we can use them to prevent epidemics and potential deaths. Without vaccines there can be no pe…

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  • Austin from Nevada

    Vaccines are preventing people from perishing from a disease that we are able to prevent because of the vaccine? Sounds good to me, for those who disagree I would rather have a child be protected the way multitudes of doctors agree on works from a disease that has been gone since 2000 than having hundreds of children not only infected and able to spread the disease but are dying from it. Why let CHILDREN die from a disease we are able to prevent?

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    • Flint from North Dakota

      I agree with everything your saying about kids and they should be vacccinated. However the only thing i disagree with is the fact by forcing individuals your infringing upon their freedoms which isn’t right. The constituiton keeps our rights safe why go against it.

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      I agree with everything your saying about kids and they should be vacccinated. However the only thing i disagree with is the fact by forcing individua…

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  • Seleste from Nevada

    Vaccines should be mandatory through out all of US. It’s not only benefiting the person getting the vaccine, it is benefiting those they are surrounded by. Just like the chicken pox if someone did not get the vaccine there is a chance of getting them. There is a chance of the person who is infected, infecting someone else.

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    Vaccines should be mandatory through out all of US. It’s not only benefiting the person getting the vaccine, it is benefiting those they are surround…

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    • Daniela from Nevada

      I agree with Seleste because it honestly doesn’t just benefit that person it benefits those haven’t yet taken it because since others around them have the vaccine they cant spread the virus to those that dont have the vaccine just yet.

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      I agree with Seleste because it honestly doesn’t just benefit that person it benefits those haven’t yet taken it because since others around them hav…

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  • fernando from Nevada

    Vaccines should be required by law. Due to the fact that there were no vaccines in Europe at the time of the plaque millions of people died. Now due to the fact that we have vaccines and we care for all Americans we all need to be vaccinated. If history can’t change someones mind because they are hard headed than let them be because when they catch someone because they didn’t have the vaccination you’ll be the one to tell them I told you so.

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    • Victoria from New York

      The plague I believe you are referencing is universally recognized to have been caused and perpetuated by extremely poor sanitation. With modern sanitation methods, even without vaccinations, it likely never would have happened, at least not to the extent it did.

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  • Tressa from Kansas

    It helps with the health of the other us citizens. Yes there are side effects but not as bad as the out come if we don’t get the vaccines

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  • Farnaaz from New Jersey

    First of all, why someone wouldn’t want to be safe of nefarious diseases does not make sense. Not only do they put themselves in danger but also put people around them in danger. Yes, some people may not have the money to get vaccinated, but that is why we should all work together to help provide vaccines for people all the world.

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    First of all, why someone wouldn’t want to be safe of nefarious diseases does not make sense. Not only do they put themselves in danger but also put p…

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      it doesnt matter we have rights and no matter you crearly havent read the bill of rights the constitution and everything the founders ever wrote

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  • Destiny from Kansas

    I support making vaccinations mandatory. When your child who goes to school isn’t vaccinated they can spread the disease to others. Or if there is a child who has yet to be vaccinated and someone comes in contact with this child. This child will contract the disease asap and will have a much harder time trying to fight off the disease.

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    I support making vaccinations mandatory. When your child who goes to school isn’t vaccinated they can spread the disease to others. Or if there is a c…

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    • Sarah from North Dakota

      You make a very good point Destiny.

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  • Tarin from Michigan

    The entire antivax movement speaks to the priveledge that Americans and citizens of other developed countries often ignore and take for granted; for parents in countries such as Ethiopia or Haiti, vaccines for children are all too often unavailable. For this reason, their infants and children die at exponentially higher rates than those of America’s children due to diseases that are now considered minor or even nonexistant here in the US. This issue is so prevalent in poorer countries that their governments would not even have to consider whether mandating vaccines would infringe upon anyone’s “personal liberty” in that doing so would ultimately allow their children to live longer, fuller lives and help contribute to their country’s growth. Now, in the United States, life saving vaccines are often as accessibe as tap water in Michigan, making it easy to forget the importance of them and the priveledge we holdd over others. However, we musn’t forget how many children have died in America before vaccines were invented, or fortunate we are to have access to this resource.

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  • Aimee from North Carolina

    The advent of vaccinations has saved so many lives and helped to avoid mass pandemics such as that of the Influenza Pandemic if 1918. Viruses and other vicious diseases are the largest threat to humanity aside from nuclear weapons and now more than ever diseases are easily brought from one place to another. Mandatory vaccination is the most sensible option for keeping these illnesses at bay and preventing previously eradicated illnesses from resurfacing. Furthermore, many children cannot get vaccines because their bodies react badly to them. They depend on herd immunity to remain safe. If we neglect that duty than we are endangering others, not only ourselves. It is much the same principle as screening people at airports. It’s a matter of sacrificing a little personal liberty for the greater good and safety of all. However, not all vaccines are perfect on the first try, some may cause adverse effects, but in the vast majority of cases, they are extremely beneficial. For the record, vaccines do not cause autism, it has been proven to the most reasonable degree of scientific certainty.

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  • julia from West Virginia

    If less than 90% of the population is vaccinated, then diseases still spread. We’re burning the candle at both ends, which is only killing us faster. There is no reason for parents not to vaccinate their children.

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  • Lily from Colorado

    Vaccinations have been proven safe over and over again. When one makes the decision to not vaccinate their child, potentially exposing them to diseases that we can protect them against, they put other children at risk. Those to young or those with compromised immune systems who can’t get vaccinations because of actual medical reasons have a higher risk of contracting this (again, totally preventable) disease.

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  • Katie from Virginia

    While personal liberty is important, the safety and the well being of our people is more important. Many people cannot and will never be able to receive vaccines due to allergies to them and other ailments. These people rely on herd immunity and without it, they are susceptible to diseases that are easily preventable. Arguing for personal liberty is not a valid argument in these circumstances because you are not only making the decision for you, but you are also making it for others around you who may be defenseless. This is a serious matter. People put insurance on their cars, pets, and even electronics- so why not ensure that your body and friend’s bodies are safe? We need to not only think for ourselves, but our neighbors, coworkers, and children as well. If people can not think for others when deciding to disregard vaccines, then yes, it should absolutely be compulsory.

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      read the constitution then the bill of rights then rethink your answer

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  • Danna from Arizona

    There are times when public safety and health outweighs that of our personal freeedom to choose whether our child should be vaccinated or not. This would fall under Locke’s social contract theory, that we must sacrifice some individual freedom in order for society to function.

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  • Lauren from Arkansas

    I believe that everyone should have a choice between choosing to vaccinate their children or not. However, I also believe that if someone choose not to vaccinate their child, that child should not be allowed in any type of public setting including but not limited to: playgrounds, schools (public or private), shopping centers, grocery stores, daycare, or museums. Which if I personally had the option to make a law that said you must vaccinate yourself and your children, I would. Other than for medical reasons (allergies) there is absolutely no logical reason why a parent should be afforded the opportunity to not vaccinate their child. Herd immunity is a term that basically means, an entire group of people are vaccinated, therefore the younger members of that group such as babies, don’t get infected with the virus or disease. Now, with more and more pro-plaugers (a more accurate term for anti-vax parents) choosing to reject vaccines, the herd immunity is rescinding and more and more babies and toddlers are getting sick from other un-vaccinated children for two reasons. One being, often times when babies catch viruses and diseases that are preventable it is because they are too young to receive the vaccine. Then the second half of that is that the United States of America allows parents the option not to vaccinate, against the advice of the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health. We are essentially allowing parents to go against the advice of doctors and immunologists who went to medical school for 5+ years, just because “Carol” or “Susan” on Facebook says vaccines cause Autism (even though it has been proven many, many times that there is no link between the two.)

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    • Rebecca from Utah

      Just because someone chooses not to do something does not give other people the right to take away their privileges, like going into public places.

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  • Faith from Pennsylvania

    I literally just got my MMR booster because my college, Temple University, is having an outbreak. If I were to get sick with the mumps, my semester would be ruined because I would not be able to go to class or have the capacity to do my studies. This is easily preventable by getting vaccinated. Refusing to get vaccinated isn’t just setting the individual up for liability, but threatens the wellfare of their community and beyond.

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    I literally just got my MMR booster because my college, Temple University, is having an outbreak. If I were to get sick with the mumps, my semester wo…

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  • Vincent from North Carolina

    Protecting the health of the public is very important rather than wanting one’s demand. What makes more sense- wanting to have your own rights at a false information at the costs of others such as the elderly and the young or inoculating yourself to protect other people from the disease that is also known as herd immunity. People who don’t want to be inoculated should be fined and quarantined!

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    Protecting the health of the public is very important rather than wanting one’s demand. What makes more sense- wanting to have your own rights at a fa…

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  • j from Mississippi

    Vaccines eradicated deadly diseases that are now having possibilities of returning thanks to the antivax movement

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    • Liam from Texas

      its honestly both because diseases can evolve and people without vaccines have a higher chance of getting the sickness

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    • Loren from New York

      No, it’s thanks to mutation and nature.

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  • Sean from Michigan

    By not vaccinating their children, parents or guardians of minors are putting their younger family members at an increased risk of death. By law, this could qualify as reckless endangerment or, if the child in question does perish as a direct result of not being vaccinated, as criminally negligent homicide. Bottom line, parents and/or guardians hold their children’s lives in their hands when deciding on vaccinating, and the results of failure to do so is criminal and immoral.

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    • Victoria from New York

      And what if the child is vaccinated, develops an allergic reaction or other medical complication caused by the vaccine, and is either impaired for life or dies? That action would not be criminal, but sparing the child that pain would be?

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  • Elise from Ohio

    There are people in the country that cannot vaccinate due to medical conditions. Getting vaccinated is for the well being of the country as a whole, so if you are physically able it should be required. Life and death is on the line.

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  • Nichell from Georgia

    Being vaccinated really helps keep down medical costs to the low chance of catching the disease or sickness that you were vaccinated against.

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  • Alyanna from Florida

    It’s been proven time and time again that vaccinations do not harm people nor do they give people autism. The doctor who wrote the lab report claiming vaccines are dangerous and cause autism got his medical license revoked due to medical malpractice and libel. Vaccinations expose people to a disease in order for the immune system to build a defense against the disease. By not vaccinating yourself or your family, you are putting yourself and everyone else at risk. You will be bringing back diseases that have been eradicated from the US, and cause more outbreaks, reversing the progress of health in the US.

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  • Anh from Missouri

    I think vaccines should be compulsory for public health reason as discussed in the description. From a civic standpoint, it is a citizen’s duty to disregard their personal belief and be responsible for the public safety. However, in the today’s age of polarized politics, there are better approaches to give incentives for people to vaccinate. Right now in order to be involved in public activities (ie schools), people should obtain the proof of vaccination! That’s not violation of personal liberty at all. Instead, it is a way to respect their religions while protecting the public. Sometimes, it is healthy to make difficult choices. You just can’t have it all.

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  • Taylor from Maryland

    Vaccinations may have many benefits that protect children from harmful diseases, but making vaccines mandatory would infringe upon several freedoms that citizens are entitled to in the United States. Parents have the right to decide medical treatment for their children whether they want to refuse or accept treatment. Recently on February 25, fully armed police officers in Arizona kicked down the door of a family in the middle of the night because parents refused medical treatment for their child who was not vaccinated. The Department of Child Safety issued a court order to take the child for treatment despite the fact that the child’s high fever improved. The situation escalated quickly with all three children in possession of the police and the father in handcuffs. How far is too far? If vaccinations are mandated will more parents lose custody of their children? People in a free nation have the right to be sovereign over their own bodies without government intervention. If the government were to control medical decisions, the government practically owns our bodies. People should also consider religious and philosophical beliefs when discussing mandatory vaccines. The First Amendment protects freedom of religion, and the Supreme Court ruled that state and local governments’ infringement upon religious freedom is unconstitutional in Cantwell vs. Connecticut(1939; 9-0). Compulsory vaccines would infringe upon religious beliefs that state vaccines are not ethical treatments. Vegan and vegetarian philosophies may also find animal products in vaccines immoral. Some known animal products in vaccines include chicken eggs, insect cells, pig gelatin, Cocker Spaniel cells, and African Green Monkey cells. Where should the line be drawn for mandatory vaccines? Should we force people to vaccinate children despite religion and philosophies? I’m not saying vaccinations are dangerous. Frankly, I believe vaccinations can help prevent deadly diseases in children, but you can not take the right of others away. If vaccination became compulsory, parents would be undermined and told they don’t have the best interest for their children at heart. No parent should be told that they don’t care about their children. Every parents’ decision should be respected whether you agree with their beliefs or not. Their child is their responsibility.

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    • Chase from California

      Personally, I believe that vaccines should not be mandatory, but I am proud that I have gotten them myself. I completely agree with you that the federal government should not infringe on the freedoms of the people to regulate personal lives. I feel like that is wrong.

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    • Joella from California

      Although many may say vaccinations are unnecessary and shouldn’t be mandatory, it has been shown in many recent cases that it is necessary. Since January 2019 more than 314 cases of measles have spread as the number only continues to grow according to CNN. Measles is a preventable illness with vaccinations. A lot of people are concerned about what exactly is in the vaccines but they are forgetting that in our country our well being is one of the most important things. For all the parents that are second guessing themselves and whether they should vaccinate their kids or not, if even your pets get vaccinated why wouldn’t you want to keep the spread of diseases away from your kids?

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  • Julia from California

    Vaccines should not be made compulsory, because the USA is a very special place because of its commitment to personal freedom. In a perfect world, all children would be vaccinated. That is the world I wish for. However, there is no way to make vaccines mandatory without opening the floodgates and letting the government excercise control over family’s personal medical decisions. Believe me, I know. When I was younger, my parents and I chose to have an operation done on me that some of my Doctors disagreed with. It was the hardest decision we’ve ever had to make. My entire life changed when I was wheeled out of the hospital. I would not be able to run and jump and play and do everything I love to do outside without this operation. I can sleep through the night more often then not; I don’t wake up unable to breathe. I can’t imagine living now like I used too. Medical decisions need to be a personal choice for families; I would not have been allowed to have that surgery if the government was involved in private medical decisions. The choice was hard enough as it was. We need to keep the government out of medicine. Instead of opening a door that can never be closed, fight the misinformation. With an organized, thorough campaign the government can get kids vaccinated, stop the lies that keep kids unsafe. But we can’t open the door of giving away that personal freedom. I know that when I walk outside. We, in the United States of America, MUST hold onto our freedoms. We can fight lies, but once the government takes control of medical decisions, there is no going back. Don’t give up the right of parents to make decisions they know is right for their kid. Get kids vaccinated. Keep our freedoms.
    Don’t let kids like me never be able to fully live because the government walked through a door they shouldn’t.

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  • Samantha from North Carolina

    Vaccines should not be compulsory in the United States. The vaccination issue has become increasingly controversial in the last year. This can be attributed to the measles outbreak in the US. Measles was said to be “eliminated from the United States in 2000” (“Sen. Rand”), but this year “at least 314 cases of measles have been reported in the United States” (“Measles”). By not getting vaccinated, citizens of the United States create a negative externality; refusing to get vaccinated increases the chances of contracting and spreading a disease such as measles. In this case the Coase theorem is not applicable because as Senator Rand Paul argues, there is no one in the wrong. Paul says that “it is an issue of freedom” (“Sen. Rand”). While it makes economic sense for the government to step in and correct the externality by making vaccines compulsory, from a civic standpoint this can be considered a violation of rights/freedoms. Many people believe that this initial movement by the government to make what was once a freedom a mandated action, will eventually lead to further government encroachment on the rights of US citizens. So in this case, I think it’s best to live with the negative externality rather than attempt to correct it and risk compromising freedoms.

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  • Chase from California

    Similar to Rand Paul’s argument in the Washington Post article, I do not believe that government regulation of people’s lives and safety should be mandatory. While I am vaccinated and it has undoubtably prevented me from getting various diseases, I do not believe that the federal government should hold every single citizen accountable to vaccinate them and their children. Government intervention in the private sphere should not be allowed and it interferes with the very freedoms that Americans enjoy on a daily basis. “Paul said that he and his children have been vaccinated, and that in general, he believes “the benefits of most vaccines vastly outweigh the risks.” But he added that he supports “persuasion” rather than government-mandated vaccines.” I completely agree with Rand Paul here in that I love that I am vaccinated, but who is the federal government to push that on everybody in the United States? Freedom and liberty are the foundation of this country and we cannot forget that before we enter ourselves into this heated debate.

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  • Tianna from Montana

    If this were a conversation about the usefulness of vaccinations, I would have to say that I fully support vaccinations and all the health benefits they provide. However, this conversation is about if the government should mandate vaccinations. Because vaccinations are injected into the body and potentially cause harm coupled with the fact that not all citizens agree with the usefulness of them, I do not think they should be required. Yes vaccinations are useful for public health, but if the government takes a personal choice about what is healthy for everyone, what’s to stop them from becoming radical? What’s to stop them from generalizing legislation so that anything deemed “healthy” is mandated? Or on the flip side, what’s to say they could ban certain things they deem “unhealthy”?

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  • Caleb from Montana

    Requiring an action from everybody violates the principle of free will. Vaccines are extremely beneficial to health, but it is the right of the individual to choose if they want those health benefits or not.

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  • Ainhoa from Montana

    I believe it should be a choice. Some people have bad reactions to them. They may help prevent some diseases but making it mandatory would impose on people’s rights

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Vaccinations should not be mandatory in the U.S. It’s the citizens’ rights to choose whether or not they want the vaccines. Also, disease control is able to get to to the diseases first and find out why they are happening in the U.S., so it’s not necessarily needed to have vaccinations.

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  • Cortney from Montana

    I think that vaccines should not be compulsory, because I don’t think that you should be forced to do something that you don’t want to do. I think that you should have the option to have a vaccine if you want it or want your child to have it, but I don’t think that you should be forced to do so.

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  • Brendan from New York

    Although I support vaccines and am currently vaccinated, I do not support the idea of vaccines being required by law. It is important for people to understand the importance of vaccines, so mandated education on this would be optimal. Education, yes, but not forcing citizens to vaccinate and infringing on basic rights.

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  • Kameron from Kentucky

    Despite numerous studies and the falsification about the original study that claimed that vaccines cause autism, I am still do not believe that they should be mandated by the federal government. I think that government should have a well defined line of power, but requiring vaccines would cross the line. I think this is the parent’s responsibility to vaccinate their kids, and it definitely should not be the federal government’s job. With that being said, the government could highly increase their advertisements and or mailers about why these kids need these vaccines. Due to the massive expansions of the federal government’s scope of authority within the past 100 years, I cannot say that if this law passed that it would surprise me. The rate of vaccinations is still very high, but kids are still at risk. 1.3% of children are completely unvaccinated, and the CDC has said that this number has been quadrupling over the past several years. When we look at this issue though, we need to see the whole issue and how this can affect other children especially in elementary, middle, high schools and colleges. But, we must restrict the authority of the federal government and put the responsibility back into the hands of the parents.

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  • Andrew from Indiana

    Vaccines are a good thing and I truly believe that everyone should get theirs, however, the United States was founded on an idea that you can be your own person and you can make your own life. With this in mind, I believe that if as a nation we start to mandate more and more things then the idea of the American dream and freedom will slowly be stripped. Yes, it puts people who cannot physically take the vaccines at risk but it is not about making sure every person has a dream life. They need to make it for themselves and if a perfectly healthy person decides to not take vaccines then that is their choice, not the governments.

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  • Scott from Kentucky

    I believe that vaccines in the United States should not be compulsry but should be highly pressured and advised by hospitals and medical officials. While the overall benefit to vaccines is significant, the issue potentially challenges the first and the fourteenth amendment. The opposition to compulsory vaccinations may challenge on a basis of freedom of religion, which is protected by the first amendment. Requiring vaccinations by law may abridge the immunities or privelages of citizens as expressed by the fourteenth amendment. However, as a proponent for vaccinations, I do not think they should be required by law but they should be highly encouraged.

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  • Kayla from Kentucky

    I do not think that vaccines should be required in the United States because I believe that this requirement would invade our first amendment rights. Different religions or unique personal situations may not believe that vaccines are the answers to their problems, so they should not be forced to engage in this activity if they do not want to. However, I also believe that anyone who does want to vaccinate themselves or their family should be given adequate healthcare and support to cover these costs in a reasonable manner.

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  • Yarenci from Montana

    Vaccines are a wonderful advancement in medicine and how we prevent diseases. If a public building such as a school requires you to have a vaccine and you wish to attend to that school then you will have to get vaccinated before you attend in regards for the safety of others. In my point of view getting vaccinated is a personal preference. I believe people should have the right to say no to vaccines if they wish to do so. I do not think that the government should have a power over you to tell you that you need a vaccine. In addition, many people cannot get vaccinated because of medical issues or religious issues and trying to bypass that with a law seems like a restriction on free speech. I think for safety and health reasons people should be vaccinated but creating a law to force everyone to be vaccinated is not the way to go, people should have the choice over their own body.

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think vaccines should be a law. Some vaccines don’t work but most do. I do get some vaccines for like breast cancer or others but I don’t get the flu vaccine. Either way if you get the flu vaccine or not you are still going to get the flu.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    No i do not think that it should be forced because it is a free country. We have the right to do what we want and feel, however all of this being said I think someone is not the smartest if they do not get the vaccines. We should be able to to decide with what happens and what you want to take.

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  • hannah from Kentucky

    no i do not think we should be forced to get a vaccine because first of all many people have allergies and will not react well to some vaccines that there are to offer, and it may not have an impact on others but for the safety of everyone getting a vaccine should be something that is chosen by someone and not forced upon. yes it is good to keep everyone healthy but at the same time we have rights and freedom to do what we want and if getting a vaccine is something that people would rather pass on then that is allowed.

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    no i do not think we should be forced to get a vaccine because first of all many people have allergies and will not react well to some vaccines that t…

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  • Robyn from Kentucky

    Vaccinations should be made obligatory, because although they provide protection from diseases, it would violate a person’s personal liberty and their religious freedom. People with strong convictions against vaccines or religious beliefs should be exempt from a requirement of being vaccinated, otherwise it would be an infringement on their rights. The vast majority of people do get vaccinated and it should not be required for parents to vaccinate their children if they have personal beliefs that go against immunization.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    I think it is the parent’s right to decide whether or not to vaccinate their children. It is a freedom we have in the U.S. to make our own decisions and the government has no right in trying to take that freedom away. People who don’t get vaccinated aren’t a serious threat to others who are vaccinated, especially because if they are vaccinated then they should be safe, that’s the whole purpose right? It is a person’s individual decision as to whether or not to get vaccinated and they may have their own reasons to get vaccinated or not. Vaccinations are helpful, but not getting them doesn’t have a big enough impact on society to make them mandatory.

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  • Shayna from California

    Vaccines should not be required by the government. Enforcing vaccinations is a complete infringement on individual rights and liberties. Rather than the government telling what parents should do, their decisions should be mandated by themselves. Not only this is a rights issue, but also creating physical issue because of the contents in vaccines. Congress acknowledged this through the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The act established a federal system that would give compensation to injured victims caused by mandatory vaccines. According to the National Vaccine Information Center, vaccines are more likely to create an autoimmune disease, like asthma or diabetes. They stated, “Another study by New Zealand researchers published in the November 1997 Epidemiology analyzed the health of 1,265 people born in 1977. Of these, 23 didn’t get any childhood vaccinations and none of them suffered childhood asthma. Among the 1,242 who got polio and DPT shots, more than 23 percent later had episodes of asthma.” 23 percent is a very large number, pertaining to a very serious situation. A proven statistic is that infant mortality rates have dramatically increased when countries enforce vaccines. In 2009, the United States IMR was at a 6.22%. Other countries like Cuba had a 5.82% rate, and the UK had a 4.85% rate (CIA. Country comparison: infant mortality rate, 2009). Over the course of years, these rates continue to increase as vaccines are becoming mandatory. The opposing side would argue that vaccines are effective and actually protect individuals against diseases and other illnesses. While a portion of that may be true, vaccines still don’t provide a one-hundred percent guarantee. With that number seeming small, it takes one mandatory vaccine to ultimately ruin a child’s health. Parents should be the ones deciding what’s best for their children, the government.

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  • Drew from California

    When people think of pro-choice they automatically believe people are pro-abortion, when this is simply not the case. Similarly, the vaccine debate labels people and puts them into a box on whether someone is anti-vax or not, so just because I am for people getting vaccinated I will defend your right to not get one if that is your choice. I believe that vaccines are beneficial, allowing parents to feel safe knowing that their children will live past the age of 3 and I will even acknowledge that HPV vaccines could “effectively wipe out cervical cancer” said by Doctors in the CNN reading material provided. Although, my personal beliefs point to pro vaccine I believe this country was built on freedoms of choice and as a feminist who believes that the government shouldn’t control women’s bodies I have to fight for the freedoms of how people take care of their children.

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  • Lexi from California

    I believe that the choice of your own health and safety should not be threatened by the U.S. government. I oppose mandatory vaccinations because this would most definitely be a violation of personal liberty. Although I am in support of vaccinations and see the beneficial side to them- I want to be able to choose what I put into my body. I wholeheartedly agree with Senator Rand Paul when he stated “It is wrong to say that there are no risks to vaccines. Even the government admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines . . . I still don’t favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security,” and know that vaccines are not 100% effective. There is the factor of doing certain things for the common good, but rather than mandating vaccines- we as a country could encourage people to get them at their own free will. My mom personally has chosen to not always give me every vaccine available, due to different research she has read, and that was within her liberty to do so. I respected my mom’s own decision as a child and now as I am approaching adulthood, I want to make sure I am able to know all of the facts before I say yes to something. I answered no to this poll to try and preserve my freedom as much as I can and to ask the necessary hard questions at the topic of this debate.

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  • Andrew from California

    People should be allowed to choose whether or not they or their families get vaccinated, that is a freedom that should be protected. Exposure to harmful diseases such as Measles or Influenza is not something that can very easily go 100% away. It is how easily someone can catch these diseases that people should be able to choose. People who choose to get vaccinated will be for the most part safe from the diseases they are vaccinated from. People who do not choose to get vaccinated for any reason they may have, choose the risk of being exposed to those diseases. Un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated people are not a very serious threat to those who are vaccinated. Vaccinations have been proven to be an overall benefit to society and general members of society should be educated on the benefits of vaccinations, however, it should be their choice because the United States should value and protect freedoms such as this.

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  • angel from California

    I believe every human has a right to do what they want with their bodies and can choose what they can be vaccinated with

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  • Alec from California

    I think people should be able to choose if they want to vaccinate their kids or not. I don’t think people should be forced to do something if they don’t want to.”he supports “persuasion” rather than government-mandated vaccines.” I support people being persuaded to get vaccinated rather than being forced. I think we should all have the right to chose what we put in our body.

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  • Damien from California

    It would be and encroachment of the government. You should never be forced to vaccinate your children if you don’t agree with it.

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  • Lindsay from New Hampshire

    One of the beauties of the United States is our individualized freedom. Requiring vaccines is just one step towards violating that freedom. While it may seem like a good idea and beneficial for each citizens, not only for themselves but to also protect others, once we start compromising on things that seem logical, it makes it that much easier to compromise on bigger and more important issues. In order to protect the freedom of the people, it should be a choice to get vaccines or not.

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  • taylor from California

    It technically is a natural right for parents and even just their child to disagree with saying No to vaccinations for their children then that is ultimately their decision about how they choose to parent. People have their own beliefs about their feelings towards vaccinations, understanding that yes the case of the Measles have been spreading in states like California, Arizona, Colorado and others. But it whether or not people get vaccinated it shouldn’t be affecting their day to day lives and it shouldn’t take away from things they can or can’t do, the Government should not take that factor away from people to make their own decisions to do as so. So if we vote Yes, that people possibly have to be forced to get vaccinated then, personally, it might be as though they are taking partial freedom from us even if the Government might feel as though it could help but its still a risk.

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  • Saleem from California

    Imagine being in a world where the life you live is being controlled. Vaccinations becoming compulsory in the United States would be an example of doing so. Vaccinations have many benefits to society that very much outweigh the bad but making them mandatory strips the citizens of their freedom. Vaccination should be persuaded, but not forced. It impedes on religious practices and the right to choose. The job of the government is to protect our rights, not to be our doctors. Allowing the government to start little and making vaccines forced, it can spark a vast number of ideas to control the state and its citizens and that would not be beneficial at all.

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  • Alyssa from California

    I think that vaccinations have a a lot of benefits to protect the children’s from diseases. But I think that the parent of the child should make the decision if they want it for there child. The parents have the right to decide medical treatment for there child weather they refuse it or accept. A quote from Washington post that I agree with “I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea; I think they’re a good thing,” Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, said at the time. “But I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.” The quote explains my opinion on how parents should have the right to make a decision for their child.

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  • josh from North Dakota

    I think that the united states government should not force the people to get vaccines / shots if they do not want to it should be a choice to get vaccinated . that also goes with school policy’s if a parent or family chooses not to get vaccinated they should not be forced to . it should just mean the child of the parent cant go to the school the would have to get home schooled or choose to get a shot so that that the united states do not take the child away from the parent they still need to meet constitutional laws and obey them but on forcing them to get a vaccine i do not think that is right so it should be a choice on this topic it is none sense the some people think that they should be forced that is not cool that violates so many laws and rights but yea i do also think that kids should get vaccinated but they should not be forced to some people blow this out of proportion and demand that your child should get vaccinated this should remain optional so that there’s no conflict to the school and others around them

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  • kobee from North Dakota

    I do not think that it should be mandatory to get vaccinated it should be up to the child when they become of age. If people need to get vaccinated it would be a complete infringement on our rights as united states citizens. but i also think it is a good idea to get vaccinated.

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  • carlton from North Dakota

    I disagree with this because this is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of the people. I believe that vaccines should be highly recommended and that they are great for society, but you have to leave the choice to the people. If the parents say no, the child can always decide to get it later when he/she has a better understanding of what they do and the risks that occur from either decision.

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  • Sarah from North Dakota

    I understand the issues that come from choosing not to be vaccinated. However, I don’t believe that people should be forced to receive vaccinations. I believe that this a violation of our freedom. This should stay the way it is now; optional. Let the people who choose not to be vaccinated find out for themselves the consequences of not doing so. However, I do understand that you’re putting other people at risk by not receiving the vaccines.

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  • Emmalee from North Dakota

    While I think everyone that can be vaccinated should be vaccinated, making it mandatory would be infringing on peoples’ bodily autonomy. However, I also think there should definitely be some safety nets so that if one should so choose not to get vaccinated they will have to face the repercussions of putting other people in danger, like not being allowed around schools or allowed to travel internationally. All children should have to be vaccinated, no matter their parents beliefs, until they’re old enough to make their own medical decisions. This will protect people who can’t get vaccinated and people from countries where they don’t do vaccinations.

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  • Hugo from Nevada

    I don’t believe it should be mandated because the parents should have some form of input in the decision making process because if the vaccines end up harming their child, the government doesn’t care emotionally as much compared to the parents who will have to live knowing that they could’ve stopped the vaccine from taking place. To the government, we’re just another number to the millions of people living but to our families, we mean everything.

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  • carrot from Alabama

    It should be your choice to be vaccinated. but don’t believe me and my bad grades!

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    • Dayden from North Dakota

      I feel like you have the right idea, but at the same time you still need to protect children and others around you.

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  • Mike from New Hampshire

    Of course, Children should be vaccinated to prevent diseases and other viruses, but people should not be required to vaccinate their children. It should not be a rule or a requirement to all citizens. It is their choice whether or not to vaccinate their children. It should be a choice, not a requirement.

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  • Rain from New Hampshire

    In protection of our freedom, by no means should vaccination be required by law. As citizens we should have the right to choose not to vaccinate. The government should not be in control over our personal choices; we should. Even though people who support compulsory vaccination say it is crucial for our health, if someone gets a disease from not vaccinating it is their problem, not the government’s. So they should not be in control over it.

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  • Kendall from New Hampshire

    Vaccines should not be compulsory. Humans, are going to make their own decisions and should not be forced into anything. Vaccines are a big thing around the world. People are going to make their own decisions. This is a right that would be taken away by making diseases compulsory. It should be a decision that is best for the family at hand.

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  • Brison from New Hampshire

    Vaccines in the United States should not be required by law. First off you should be able to decide if you want your children to get vaccinated or not. However if you decide on not getting your children vaccinated you should let other people know so they can be prepared. The U.S. should not force you to get a vaccination but you must understand the risks of not doing so.

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  • jacquelyn from Virginia

    While I am against “anti-vax-ers”, mandatory medicine impedes on the rights of the people, particularly religious groups who have beliefs against certain chemicals and medicines. As well as this, vaccines have different effects on different people, maybe causing allergic reactions or worse. That is to say, there have been multiple studies done to disprove the idea that vaccines cause autism, and that is not at all what I am trying to say. Vaccines, most of the time have positive results. But, there comes a time when you have to let people live (or in this case, not live if they choose not to get vaccines) their life.

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  • Meriah from Minnesota

    Forcing anyone to do anything is unconstitutional. We have to consider people who are allergic to vaccines or aren’t allowed to because of religious or cultural religions. It’s unfair to make everyone do something, especially if not everyone is on board. Plus, why should it be mandatory? If you’re worried about getting sick, then just worry about vaccinating yourself. That way, you’ll be protected and those who don’t want to be vaccinated can sit out.

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    • dylan from North Dakota

      I see where your coming from but even if you get vaccinated you can still get sick from people that don’t have them.

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  • Maggie from South Carolina

    Medicine, no matter good intentions, should never be forced on people. This violates our personal liberty to make our own choices regarding our healthcare. It is not the government’s duty to legislate aspects of our life such as healthcare; the government is instituted to protect and defend our inalienable rights, not to nurse us. Not only do forced vaccinations violate our rights to choose, but it also is a violation of human dignity. All humans have dignity, all who are of sound mind are responsible for themselves and their families. To force healthcare upon us in this way is an affront to dignity because beneath this is an assumption that the government knows better than we do. Can we just treat each other with the respect we each deserve? Adults do not need nurses. Parents do not need a government entity usurping their authority. I do not deny that vaccinations are important—of course, they are a wonderful way to prevent disease. But simply because something is good does not make it acceptable to force upon someone. Furthermore, the federal (and state) governments cannot—I repeat, cannot—have all the information available to them in order to make wise decisions for each individual, as I believe Victoria from NY was addressing. We are individuals, with dignity and responsibility, we should be given the right to choose our own healthcare. Now, if there was, for example, a parent who was neglecting their child terminally ill child, then it would be acceptable for the government to come in, to fulfill their role in protecting life, and remove the child from the parent and give that sick child medicine. But in most cases, and in the way we seem to be speaking about the issue here, for the government to force vaccinations on people is wrong because it violates their rights to choose, it is an affront to human dignity, it is the government overstepping its bounds, and it cannot be wholly effective because the government does not have the knowledge that people have of themselves and their families.

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  • Mila from Georgia

    no it shouldn’t be compulsory because everyone has a right to do something but they also have a right to not do something so if you’re making it compulsory it’s taking away that right

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    • Liam from Texas

      Yes i agree with the case of having a choice but also you should think not of only you but others aswell

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      The issue is, not vaccinating kills other people. There are people who medically can’t be vaccinated and they are kept safe because everybody around them vaccinates. Young children and elderly people also can’t be vaccinated. People also have a right not to be murdered by somebody who thinks that they’re smarter than millions of doctors and researchers who have proven vaccines are safe.

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  • Haylee from Kansas

    Viruses are viruses. It doesn’t matter if you have a vaccine or not, you still have chance of acquiring that virus because they adapt just like all other organisms.

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      True, but if we have a way to greatly lower that chance, why shouldn’t we?

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    • Jorge from Georgia

      I get what you’re saying but vaccinations help the body by making antibodies for the predicted virus strain.

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  • Victoria from New York

    Not only do forced vaccinations violate a person’s liberty to make his own choices for himself and his family, but also in some cases they can be dangerous. Different people have different reactions to vaccines. Bad reactions range from causing the person to develop a case of the disease itself (as often happens with influenza vaccines), to causing depression, to causing regression of physical and mental abilities, and even to death. The democratic principles behind our American republic will not allow us in good conscience to force vaccines on a segment of the population who will then suffer to benefit others. Instead, we must cling to the principles that all men are created equal with their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The decision how to treat one’s own body is paramount in maintaining all three rights. That said, as a society, widespread disease of any kind is a problem. Yet so many advances can be made, whether that is medical treatment, natural (by supplements, herbs, or a material of choice, not necessarily vaccines) supplementation of immune systems, or even cleaning up and assisting by charitable means squalid areas of cities where diseases tend to fester. With these methods, we can begin to drastically reduce the levels of disease in our country. It is not only unnecessary, but also undemocratic and dangerous to force vaccinations upon all people.

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    • Abigail from West Virginia

      Victoria, yes, I understand where you are coming from. I also believe that alternative medicines can be just as beneficial, although I feel like vaccinations can also help prevent disastrous diseases. It is a terrible thing that such a good thing can bring forth bad outcomes, and I am not saying in any way that your point of view is not valid. However, I also feel like with vaccinations, no matter the outcome, it proves to keep diseases at bay and helps those–such as you yourself, as you said vaccinations work irregularly in your system–to stay healthy. Herd immunity helps just as much as alternative medicines.

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    • Victoria from New York

      Actually, Abigail, none of my information comes from being online and I’m not talking about autism. It comes from the real world—such as how my great-grandmother lived with depression for the latter part of her life caused by a vaccine, and like the little girl in Rochester who died after school officials forced her to be vaccinated. Further, vaccinations cannot prevent disease in all people. That it the intent, but it is not necessarily successful, and vaccines are not a cure. Also, do not think badly of alternative medicine. I am a person who often has bad reactions to traditional medicines, but alternative medicine has worked to cure sicknesses and has bettered my immunity. We must realize what causes and spreads disease. It is often human error: going to work when one should stay home, not using proper sanitation in hospitals, not keeping our immune systems healthy through proper diet and exercise, and similar. Vaccines may be the easy way, but they are not the only way. Don’t get me wrong—people can decide to be vaccinated. But they are not dictators or princes; they do not get to make choices for others. We cannot say that vaccines are the only choice when they are not and when they would permanently harm or kill others of our society. It is too great a price to pay; and no person has the right to demand something for himself from someone else that could cost that other person his life.

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      The issue is not vaccinating hurts other people. So not vaccinating is violating other peoples rights. Not vaccinating can kill somebody else. Elderly people or young children, along with people who have some diseases aren’t able to get vaccinated. Deciding you don’t want to vaccinate is a danger to other people, and makes it more likely for the disease to mutate and make everybody’s vaccinations useless. And do you have any source for “Bad reactions range from causing the person to develop a case of the disease itself (as often happens with influenza vaccines)”? According to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm), the flu vaccine can not give you the flu. Either the virus is dead, so it can’t infect you, or they only use a single gene from an influenza virus, meaning there’s still nothing there that can make you sick. We know that vaccines save lives, so why shouldn’t we use them?

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    • Abigail from West Virginia

      While supplements, herbs, and essential oils can do wonders, they do not cure diseases overnight. Vaccinations do. The democratic principles of the United States are to protect the people, not allow those who believe vaccinations are a bad thing to ruin that for everyone else. Yes, I agree–bad reactions can come from vaccinations. But the chance of them dying is minuscule. Along with mental abilities, if you are referring to autism, there is no such research that backs it up. It has been said many times, but I will say it again–there are not enough deaths a year from vaccinations that create statistics. The death rate is inapplicable and therefore an invalid argument. Cleaning up an area, yes that’s a wonderful idea . . . but good hygiene does not get rid of something like the measles. Vaccinations eradicated the measles in the 2000s, but due to parents who believe vaccines are bad, the measles is back. In fact, over 300 cases of measles have been reported in about 15 states. Are you seriously trying to tell me that vaccinations do not create an opportunity for life and happiness, just like you so happened to mention? Do not get me wrong, I agree that all men are created equal . . . but when you do not vaccinate, you are harming everyone around you. If you have a child, you are harming them. If you are near a hospital, you are harming the patients. If you are near a cancer patient, you are harming them. You are not keeping them safe with your liberty and happiness. You are killing them. These “methods” you mentioned could help–but vaccinations are the things that will overpower every single one you mentioned. I am sure you have done your research for what you believe, but please, do not rely on .com sites or FaceBook for all of your information. There is already enough false “evidence” behind the evils of vaccines. You need to get off the internet and ask a doctor, regardless if you want to or not . . . ask a million doctors. Ask a nurse. Ask an anti-vaccination parent who lost their child because they decided not to vaccinate. Death is not okay . . . making it more applicable means you are just as responsible for their death as the illness they have and the thousands of others who decided not to vaccinate.

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  • Liz from New York

    The over vaccination in the US is completely due to the greed of the big pharma co., the AMA, and govt.
    Millions of dollars each year are donated by large pharmaceutical co. to these groups, including lobbyists in DC. to push for more vaccinations, and increased govt. intervention to require them nationwide.
    “Research studies” on the safety and efficacy of vaccines are done by…pharmaceutical companies. Don’t you think that’s having the mouse in charge of the cheese?? “An independent research group” was paid for and selected by…pharmaceutical companies!!Parents are not as informed on the potential side effects, including death that vaccines, especially multiple vaccines at one time as they should be. Blindly following a doctor’s advice without arming yourself with information and making a decision based on your research is at best, foolish.
    There is no consensus worldwide on what vaccines and when these vaccines should be administered. Other countries DO NOT follow the American sequencing nor volume of vaccinations for infants and children. Their countries are significantly lower in the percentage of children suffering from chronic illnesses compared with the US pop.
    Lastly, please answer this question: the people afflicted with measles, were they vaccinated? The vast majority of these cases are from populations that had RECEIVED the vaccination but still contracted the disease.
    A parent should have the freedom to decide which, when, and what vaccines, if any are administered to their children.
    The harassment from doctor’s offices and the implied “you’re putting your child at grave danger” doesn’t help a parent whom is unsure as how to proceed with the vaccination protocol,( that has risen over 200%in the last 20 years).

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    • Alysia from Virginia

      While some of your points are valid, others are not. First off, while big pharma is an issue in the US, vaccines have been seen to scientifically work. Death from vaccines is very rare, and is usually a result of unforeseen allergies to the vaccine. These are very rare! What you said about people contracting measles who were vaccinated is mostly true, but it takes an unvaccinated person to spread the disease. Like any vaccine, it helps prevent the disease but does not completely shield against it. Think about the nature of children: they get very close together, they share the same toys, they often put things in their mouth. It only takes one unvaccinated child with measles to infect a whole class of children, with or without vaccines. This is why its so important for all children to be vaccinated.
      I also question your data on “other countries.” Do you mean third world countries? If so, the reason that the children suffering from chronic illnesses is significantly lower is because these countries often lack the means to accurately diagnose theses diseases. They go undetected, and the numbers stay low.
      It is good to research and make decisions, and personal liberties are important, but matters of health for all citizens should not be trifled with. I respect your position, but wholeheartedly disagree.

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    • Hayden from Virginia

      Vaccines should be compulsory in the United States. If you/your child is healthy enough to receive said vaccines, you should be required to have them if you wish to leave your property or have anyone else on your property. Vaccines are not only to protect you but also others. There are some that are legitimately unable to receive vaccines and they need you to get them so that they can survive.

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  • Loren from New York

    People with vaccines are getting sick with the diseases they try to prevent just as much as the people who aren’t vaccinated. And if the vaccination works, why are the people who choose to be vaccinated so scared of the people who aren’t vaccinated?

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      Do you have a source for that? Two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97& effective at preventing measles. And the people who are vaccinated aren’t scared of anti vaxxers. The problem is, the anti vaxxers are bringing back diseases like measle that will now be able to infect the people who medically aren’t able to be vaccinated, like young children and elderly people, along with people who have some diseases. Plus, they might allow the disease to mutate, meaning the vaccine would be ineffective for everybody.

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    • Abigail from West Virginia

      These people who are so scared of the people who are not vaccinated are scared because of a thing called herd immunity. Have you ever heard of it? It is the act of vaccinated people who are protecting those with weakened immune systems against diseases. When these scared people have young children, they do not want unvaccinated people around them because they could get whatever diseases the unvaccinated person is carrying with them. People get sick with diseases because people get sick. People who aren’t vaccinated are spreading these diseases, causing them to multiply and grow into something bigger and stronger than what the vaccination can actually cover. That is why they do not want to be around unvaccinated people. Vaccination works because there is proof. You know, measles? Yeah, it’s back–because people stopped vaccinating. There hasn’t been a case since 2000 . . . and yet, in 2019, there are over 300. Are you telling me that vaccinations do not work? Please, I am begging you, do not rely on the internet for your research. Look on professional databases, talk to a doctor–do not put millions of lives at risk just because you decided vaccinations didn’t work because a few people got sick.

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