Should Childhood Vaccination be Mandatory?

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In Great Britain there has been almost twice the number of measles cases in England and Wales in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year. The figure from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has seen cases rise from 497 to 964. This is a staggering number and the HPA are urging parents to take action. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation said, “Although uptake of the MMR has improved in recent years some children who do not get vaccinated on time and some older children, who missed out when uptake was lower, have not had a chance to catch-up. Therefore, there are still enough people who are not protected to allow some outbreaks to occur among unvaccinated individuals. the current debate is about whether vaccinating your children should be mandatory. The rush is due to the fact that measles are on the rise.

However, Childhood vaccines killed or injured 2,699 children last year in America, the US government has admitted – and 101 children developed autism after vaccination, even though researchers continue to insist that no link exists. Parents received $110m in damages.

Paul Offit writes that In a better world, vaccine mandates wouldn’t be necessary. Parents would educate themselves about the diseases that vaccines prevent and learn that measles causes pneumonia and brain damage, mumps causes deafness and sterility, rubella causes severe birth defects, pertussis causes suffocation, and human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical, oropharyngeal, and anal cancers. They would learn about the remarkable safety and effectiveness of vaccines. And they would learn that although vaccines are not free of risk, their benefits clearly outweigh their risks. Mostly, they would learn that vaccines stand on a mountain of scientific evidence. Well informed: the choice to vaccinate their children would be an easy one.
Arguing against government control is Professor David Salisbury with the Department of Health, he says, “compulsion would be unenforceable, unnecessary, and its use would probably do more harm than good.”

Sources Independent, September 2, 2012.

Title: Should We make Childhood Vaccinations Compulsory
Author: Watts, Lisa. “Should We Make Childhood Vaccinations Compulsory?” The
Independent. September 2, 2012.

Title: Should childhood vaccination be mandatory?
Authors : Paul Offit and Davud Salsbury
Source: BMJ May 15, 2012

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