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.