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Vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions in history. Yet there has always been and will always be a vocal anti-vaccination movement. Should governments exert their powers to make vaccines mandatory?

No, vaccines should not be mandatory Show more Show less

Vaccine mandates impose on basic human rights. Freedom of choice should extend to whether or not people choose to vaccinate themselves and their kids. Government mandates may perpetuate the dangers of vaccines that are often ignored.
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There is evidence that vaccines are not safe

There exist far too many vaccine horror stories to be ignored. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows that vaccines have been extremely detrimental to the health of those who were healthy before vaccination.
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The Argument

Vaccines should not be mandated because there are many cases that have proven vaccines do significant harm.[1] There are real-life stories that have shown vaccines to be harmful to the health of individuals. There have been many tragic cases where completely normal children end up developing profound mental disorders after being vaccinated. There is increasing anecdotal evidence in the medical field of parents who have reported that their children have been fundamentally changed for the worse after receiving a vaccination.[2] For instance, several parents have reported their children being diagnosed with autism after vaccination. Vaccines should not be mandatory because there is evidence that they cause harm to individuals.

Counter arguments

Vaccines should be mandated because the testimonials given by parents about how they do harm are not substantial enough evidence. For instance, anti-vaxxers have concerns that Autism spectrum disorder might be linked to the vaccines children receive, but studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD. There is no evidence that vaccination leads to any type of disorder or serious harm.[3] It is only in very rare cases that vaccines can cause serious problems, such as allergic reactions.[4] But in the majority of cases, vaccines cause no side effects. The benefits of mandating vaccines far outweigh any of the rare instances where vaccines may do some damage; thus vaccines should be mandated.

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2954080/
  2. https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/nvpo/nvac/meetings/pastmeetings/2009/aspapubliccommentsfeb2.pdf
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3890451/#:~:text=Whilst%20the%20general%20adverse%20reactions,the%20primary%20allergens%20are%20proteins.
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