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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?

Yes, vaccines should be mandatory Show more Show less

Vaccines are possibly the most important modern medical advance and have saved countless lives. We cannot allow freedom of choice to endanger the lives of whole populations. Governments must step up and make vaccines mandatory.
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Vaccines are safe and widely effective

Vaccines are very safe and very effective. Vaccines routinely recommended in the US today provide high levels of protection against targeted diseases. Mandates help toward the goal of eradicating these diseases.

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Vaccines should be mandatory because they have been proven to be safe and effective. The US Department of Health and Human Services maintains that vaccines are among the safest medical products available to the public. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people, including children, they are held to very high safety and efficacy standards.[1] Any licensed vaccine is rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before it is approved for use and it is continuously monitored.[2] Testing and evaluation by institutions like the Food and Drug Administration and recommendations from institutions like the CDC ensure that only clinically tested and sade vaccines are made available for widespread public use. [1] Vaccines should and can be mandated because the public can be assured that their vaccinations are safe and functional.

Counter arguments

Vaccines should not be mandatory because even those that are deemed “safe” can do harm. For instance, vaccines contain harmful ingredients. Aluminum is used in some vaccines, and excess aluminum in human bodies can cause neurological harm.[3] Glutaraldehyde, a compound used to disinfect medical and dental equipment, is used in some DTaP vaccinations and exposure can cause asthma and other respiratory issues.[4] Some flu vaccines contain cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMB), a compound used as an antiseptic, which can be a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant.[4] The list goes on and on. Vaccines can be deemed safe for distribution and use even when they are made up of ingredients that can do minor to severe damage to damage to an individual's health.

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  1. https://www.vaccines.gov/basics/safety
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/basics/test-approve.html
  3. https://www.vaccine-side-effects.com/aluminium-adjuvants/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20adjuvant%20is,associated%20with%20aluminium%20are%20numerous.
  4. https://vaxtruth.org/2011/08/vaccine-ingredients/
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