Throughout human history, disease has played a powerful role. Similarto the way a river erodes entire canyons, diseases have been responsible forwiping out entire civilizations and cultures. It’s only in the last twocenturies that our understanding of how to combat such illnesses has progressedbeyond superstition. By far one of the most important medical advancements ofthe modern age has been vaccination. They have been responsible for eliminatingmost of the world’s most crippling pathogens.
However, since their introductionto the US in the early 19th century, opponents have been found. The debate surrounding mandatory vaccineshas surged recently due to multiple outbreaks of deadly diseases such as measles.These outbreaks have been largely attributed to the anti-vaccine movementbecoming more popular in the past few years. These groups have advocated for,things such as alternative medicine and other solutions based in pseudoscience. certain vaccinations should be mandatory, butnot all of them.
Severe illnesses like measles cause a lot of damage andsuffering and possibly death. If not for you or your own children, for anotherperson. There are people that cannot receive vaccinations due to autoimmunedisorders, weak immune systems due to other ailments like cancer, surgerieslike organ replacement and treatment of ailments like chemo therapy. Catchingsomething like the measles can be deadly for these people and it isn’t fair tolock them in a bubble, no more fair than to quarantine the sick people.Vaccinations prevent either of those from happening.
There are vaccinations that do not cause you to catch a formof the illness injected, unlike the flu vaccine. Unfortunately due to traveland immigration people are coming from countries that do not have certainillnesses like the measles under control and that makes it impossible toeradicate in a country.