A healthy society requires strengthening vaccination laws

There has been a sharp decline in the number of individuals getting vaccinated over the course of several years globally. Research has shown that whooping cough, which is a vaccine-preventable disease, has increased in recent years following a sharp decline after 1970. This can be linked to the fact that vaccination rates have decreased. Preventing students from attending school because they aren’t vaccinated may sound harsh and unjust at first, but is justified by the potential consequences of failing to vaccinate. Vaccination is one of the best inventions in history because it allows society to protect people from various conditions and diseases. With vaccination, a lot of people are alive and well today.

Vaccination is now an essential part of human life. Vaccines enable children with immunosuppressive diseases to go to school without having to worry about being infected by their sick peers. This goes for the parents of these children as well because they would be worrying about their child at school or they would not send them at all.

The scientific correlation is undeniable. We certainly do see a positive trend between vaccinations and the number of healthy people. Research finds that 52-79 percent of adults that were flu vaccinated were less likely to die from flu-related symptoms. There have been a lot of claims recently that vaccines do harm to people, but this statement is largely unsupported.

Children that are unable to receive vaccinations due to their health condition would be exposed to a lot of risk factors that can deteriorate their health if it were not for vaccines. Children who are too small or have immunosuppressive disease cannot have vaccinations due to their condition. In this case, they have to be more careful and extremely cautious of their surroundings to make sure that they do not get infected with viruses or bacteria. This means that they need to be in an environment where they are free of these potential threats. These free zone areas are places where the surrounding people are healthy and have strong immune systems.  

Recently, there was a case in Italy where a lot of children could not attend kindergarten because they were not vaccinated. For a year, the Italian government temporarily took away the strict 2017 law regarding vaccinations and became flexible matters regarding vaccination. Parents did not even need a doctor’s note to prove that their child received vaccinations when they enrolled them in school. The parents only needed to make a statement that their child was vaccinated. Remember that this was only temporary and was made to last only for a year.

This March, the 2017 law which required 10 vaccinations came into effect again which prevented many children from enrolling in kindergarten because they were not vaccinated. The 2017 law was temporarily on hold in 2018 to March 2019. During the time when the 2017 law was on hold, the government was working on a law to introduce a “flexible obligation.” Also, children who are seven and up can attend school, but their parents will be charged a fine up to €500. This really shows us that if the government does not impose strict laws on making vaccinations mandatory, many people will not get themselves or their children vaccinated in a timely manner. The adoption of the 2017 law was a response to the measles outbreak that year and the previous year in Italy. Italy was responsible for 34 percent of all measles cases in Europe that same year.

We cannot ignore the fact that vaccination has had a positive impact on humanity. Vaccination enables people to live their lives without worrying about dying due to rampant epidemics of infectious disease. Research has found that 89 percent of measles cases in Italy were among unvaccinated people. If the majority of the people that are not vaccinated caught the measles, this means that people are not protected against this disease. Also, research has found that 6 percent of measles cases were among people who received only one dose. The measles vaccine has helped eliminate this disease in the U.S.

Vaccines were invented to help people, not harm them. Think about the millions of people that benefit from these vaccinations. We have to be able to distinguish what is true and what is not. We should not be fooled by what other people say, or believe everything that is on the internet.

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