It’s a mystery to me why people are even given a choice on whether or not they should take vaccines. Their refusal hurts others. Literally. When these people refuse to take the proven to work vaccines, they should be punished if they cause an outbreak. It’s as simple as that. In a way, they are willingly causing the outbreak with their own ignorance. The parent, in the case of choosing whether or not their child should be vaccinated, should be fully responsible for the damages caused by their decision not to vaccinate. If people had to pay the medical bills of everyone affected by their choice not to vaccinate, there would be a lot less outbreaks.
There is no proven link to autism from these vaccinations. As stated in the end of the article “we cannot afford to continue leaving the public’s health in the hands of irresponsible parents.” I couldn’t agree more to that statement. When you are sick, you go to the doctor. Why? Because the doctor knows more about your health than you do. Would you try to treat cancer by yourself? Obviously it won’t work out that well. It is clear the doctors know what is better for people, and so they should be able to make the public’s health decisions. The parents fear autism, but autism is a threat based upon entirely differently circumstances. These vaccines are not the cause of today’s autism. However, there Is a very real threat of the actual preventable diseases these vaccines are for. Sometimes not vaccinating can even lead to deadly consequences. (Although in America, it is more likely the child will survive but rack up a huge medical bill, which taxpayers will have to help pay for.) People need to realize that if they don’t vaccinate, they are not just choosing risks for their own child, but the children of others. As I already stated earlier, not vaccinating can lead to outbreaks. An outbreak could even possibly lead to a mutation in the disease which causes all the other kids’ vaccines to be useless or less useful. This would cause a widespread epidemic. And then, with panic, (As stated in the article) People would rush to get new vaccinations once the problem becomes very large scale and very frightening. Nobody should have the right to start an epidemic.
People need to forego emotion when it comes to medical health. It is not helpful in the slightest when making a decision in this field. As we have seen, outbreaks have already occurred due to a lack of vaccination. Emotion has caused this, along with ignorance. There really needs to be some strict guidelines on vaccinations. Not only do vaccinations help people prevent diseases, they help the economy. With the production of vaccines, jobs are created, money is moved around, and people buy the vaccines with their insurance. The economy is greatly stimulated. When people choose not to vaccinate and an outbreak occurs, yes a lot of money is spent, but that money is pretty much wasted. It is used to help people with the disease, and often the parents cannot afford it and the money is forced to be paid by the taxpayers, and nobody wants to pay for somebody elses’ problem they could have avoided by simply getting a “S.H.O.T”.
In conclusion, parents should not be the ones to decide the future of the health of the public. This should be a decision reserved for Doctors and Scientists. Ignorance is still a right, but it should not allow you to hurt other people. You can believe the shots are the devil or autism needles all you want, but you should not be able to cause other people harm with an outbreak. It isn’t right. Your right of freedom extends as far as your arm can swing, but stops where the nose of another man is. (Psuedo-quote) However I still believe that scientists are focusing far too much on matters such as this. Longevity is the one subject where doctors and scientists are most needed, as some people do not want to merely fall with the flock and give in to an evolutionary death.