Make vaccinating children a federally regulated mandatory requirement in the United States

Make vaccinating children a federally regulated mandatory requirement in the United States

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Hunter Froelich started this petition to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and

If you decide not to visit your dentist, choose to eat badly or refuse to wear a helmet while cycling, you put yourself at risk. The direct impact on other people’s health is zero.

With vaccines, the health of your community could be affected. You might catch – and spread – infectious diseases at school, in the workplace or in public places.

If enough people in a community are vaccinated, ‘herd immunity’ can be achieved. This makes it very difficult for infectious diseases to spread because a significant majority of people are protected.

This is a highly controversial suggestion, no doubt. But vaccines prevent the spread of disease and save lives, and the arguments for requiring their use are far stronger than any excuse that may be made for avoiding them.

Let's start with the messiest part of this debate. Perhaps the best argument against mandatory vaccination is the libertarian notion that you own your body, and thus only you get to decide what to put in it. This argument is compelling in most cases. But it fails in this instance for several reasons.

First, inadvertently infecting someone else with a life-threatening virus is not a right, and it's awfully easy to do, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And though people who skip their vaccines don't intend to infect others, they do, and it happens very often. Mandatory vaccination is merely a way to protect individuals from harm and reduce the risk of a public health crisis, which leads to another important point.

The argument from freedom described above takes good health for granted. Indeed, the possibility of an infectious disease outbreak doesn't often occur to citizens of the developed world. According to science writers Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell in Science Left Behind, one of the primary reasons that mindset exists is because mass vaccination in the last 100 years has made infectious disease an afterthought for most of us. The most pressing health problems in America today are cancer, heart disease, and stroke; largely due to lifestyle choices like smoking and poor diet. And if somebody wants to subsist on a diet made up of french fries or smoke until their lungs cease to function, that's fine. Choice often entails risk, and people are free to risk their own health by eating poorly or smoking. But they shouldn't be free to risk other people's health.

Unfortunately, that's what anti-vaccine advocates are being allowed to do, as the issue stands. In November, Reason Magazine science correspondent Ronald Bailey reported that the number of children coming down with Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, reached 18,000 — the worst outbreak in 50 years. The epidemic was caused by parents who refused to vaccinate their children and the introduction of a vaccine over 10 years ago that is far less potent than its predecessor. The science journal Nature reported in October that Measles is making somewhat of comeback as a result of the same anti-vaccine paranoia, which is causing several states to make it harder for parents to exempt their children from immunization.

Vaccines have been proved time and time again to not create autism (and as the petition maker, I have it, and I can say first hand it's a hell of a lot better than being dead), and it only helps children with undeveloped immune systems stay alive.

We need a federally regulated stream of vaccines that go to all schools (like they already do) and have them be federally required by updating "The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g)" If a legal guardian refuses or makes any attempts to avoid their dependents of receiving them they will be charged under said acts revision for neglect.

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