Should vaccinations be made compulsory ?

Canada
May 22, 2007 8:47pm CST
Although we know that when you get your child vaccinated this is to protect your child from getting some disease later on in life but are their effects that we should be worried about ? How much do we really know about the vaccinations we are getting for our children ? I have heard of parents not wanting to get their children vaccinated because of fears they have heard about what effects it can have on their children especially in cases where a child suffers from autism . When a child does not become vaccinated though it could start an outbreak of a disease long thought dead , should it me made complsory to have to have your child vaccinated or should it be the right of the parents , and what about the children who are at higher risks for something else if they were vaccinated , should they a parent be forced to do soemthing that could affect the well being of their child because the law says we should have this done . Just curious as to what others think regarding vaccinations .
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4 responses
• Singapore
23 May 07
Why not? They are useful. But compulsory only if they are free. You can bleed people dry to get vaccinations if they don't even have enough to buy food with.
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@flagella08 (5067)
• Philippines
23 May 07
i had my child vaccinated also.and so far i haven't detected any problems and if there is then i'll sue the pediatrician. anyways, make it sure that a pedia is the one administering the vaccines and you ask him also, what are those vaccines then ask also for the effects and how long.
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
23 May 07
I still believe that all children should have vaccines. If there are doubts as to the effects of the vaccines on ones children, then one should ask the pediatrician or doctor. As for me, I made sure all my children were given complete shots of vaccine and boosters. We can get vaccines for free at our health centers here in my country but just to make sure that they get complete vaccines, I even paid for them to be given shots at private clinics even if it meant more expense. I just want to make sure that the vaccines were not of lower quality or expired. LOL! I am that paranoid when it comes to my children's health. If a parent is doubtful, one could do research and ask a several doctors. That is what I did. My children only have one vaccine that they were not given and its the IPD vaccine because it was not recommended by my children's doctor as of this time and it was fully explained to me why he doesn't recommend it yet but he also said that he could still give it if I really wanted to. Government and parents should be held responsible in instances that children get sick because they were not vaccinated. In short, it should be compulsory.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
24 May 07
We are a non vaccinating family. He doesn't and will not start outbreaks-do you know that no vaccine is 100% effective and when you hear on the news outbreaks of measles, etc. it's often spread from one vaccinated person to another? You can't force people to vaccinate, in the united states it's not against the law and children can still go to school (contrary to popular belief). I've written a bit about this before, so here we go: When reading through some discussions, I've noticed a few misconceptions. I don't want to change anyones mind or start a debate, I just want to list some facts. The main one is that kids in the United States can't go to school without being vaccinated. This is not true. You can get medical (some kids are allergic or have had reactions), religious (we claim this because of aborted fetal cells in some vaccines), or philosophical exemptions. They are listed by state at www.vaccinetruth.com Another one is that we don't vaccinate because we are piggybacking off vaccinated children or that we don't because we think diseases have been erradicated. I know that diseases still exist, I just feel that some of them aren't as threatening as it's made out to be, like chicken pox and I also know that no vaccine is 100% effective, so you don't have full protection. I also think our advances in nutrition and sanitation have helped us overcome diseases, we don't dump poop into the street anymore and we are able to figure out what we need to eat to stay healthy. Many adults have their children vaccinated for everything but don't get booster shots themselves-that's also something to look into. You can read stories about reactions from vaccines at www.thinktwice.com you can find reported reactions from vaccines at http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.html Another one is that we'll get reported, that it's against the law. It's not against the law, if someone knocks on my door to say I'm in trouble for it, I can simply state it's against my religion and they aren't allowed to question me any further. Another one is that we don't vaccinate because of the autism theories. I do acknowledge that I am afraid of autism because we have family with it, but I believe it can be because of several factors, not just the vaccines.