The Vaccination Debate

by barackobama on February 12, 2015 - 5:27pm

Just last week, four adults and two children were diagnosed with measles in Toronto. This has many people wondering who is still getting measles in 2015. The answer is very straightforward. The 20 percent of Ontarians who have decided against vaccinating their children are the ones susceptible to measles, and unsurprisingly, are the only ones infected. The scientific proof proving the effectiveness and necessity for vaccinations is undeniable. However, there is still a large percentage of people that opt against vaccinating their children. 

 

Those who choose not to vaccinate their children rely on the protection from the vaccinated children around them to keep them healthy. However, this does not keep children who are illegible for vaccination, i.e. those who are too young, safe from the unvaccinated children. This, therefore, begs the question of whether or not vaccinations should continue to be optional for parents and raises the moral dilemma of taking away this choice for parents. Those in favor of vaccinations believe a mandatory MMR vaccination to protect against the measles is long overdue. 

 

This moral dilemma is a teleological one for it has nothing to do with the following of rules. It is based off the idea of whether or not parents should have a choice in vaccinating their children. There is no absolute right or wrong in this situation and there are no rules yet created to determine the right position in this situation. All those debating this moral dilemma are looking at the consequences the vaccines will have on their children. This, however, is where the dilemma becomes tricky because some parents believe the consequences are purely positive, as do 90% of scientists. On the other side, some parents believe the consequences to contain many negative aspects, such as the potential developments of autism in their children.

 

There is no clear solution when it comes to mandatory vaccinations, especially since anything having to do with the health and protection of children is an extremely sensitive topic. However, I do believe we must look towards the facts and in a case like this the facts are absolutely irrefutable. It has been proven that the MMR vaccine is not linked to autism. It has been proven that the vaccine is the safest and most effective prevention mechanism to fight off this deadly disease. Knowing this, I believe the only solution is for parents to clear their head of past beliefs and values, anything from religion to lifestyle, to look at this dilemma with an impartial mind. If and when they are able to do this, they will be able to see that all we have is science and that the vaccines created to protect our population from deadly diseases are the most reliable and effective things we have to stay healthy and safe. 

Comments

To begin, I would like to point out that your post contains clear, concise arguments to the vaccination debate. You also summarized the problem perfectly by stating that it is a teleological one. However, I suggest you add a bibliography to your post to give it more authenticity. The facts you state are not all common knowledge and necessitate a reference. Also, I put forward a link that leads to the results of a recent poll of Canadians opinions on immunization: www.torontosun.com/2015/02/13/ontario-parents-most-supportive-of-vaccine... This will allow you to have a better understanding of where the country stands on terms of vaccinations.

I think your post was concise, clear, and well written, though, more research could have been done. There was a scare factor that vaccinating children could lead to autism, however, the doctor in Europe that released the study was charged, as he gave false information as a compensation from a major company. The doctor has now been stripped of his license and faces time in jail. As well, it has also been shown that those not vaccinating their children are in wealthier areas and the average Joe's and not what was typically thought as back to the nature "hippie" type. The measles were extremely close to being eradicated and now they are back. I don't think people realize the dangers of measles because our generation has not experienced them like those of our grandparents, however, in my opinion vaccinations should be mandatory. If you wanted to learn a little more the following article, "Could we stop the anti-vaxxers if we said measles contained gluten?" in The Globe and Mail is witty and eye opening. http://news.theglobeandmail.com/

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