But herd immunity breaks down when vaccinations are not administered to all who can medically receive them.At that point, people who chose to refuse vaccinations endanger those who had no choice.Can the government, as the Center for Disease Control puts it, employ “the police power of the state” to coerce parents against their will and perhaps consciences?Vaccination could be a strong case for governmental health mandates: no one wants a child to die from a preventable disease.If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.For more information about National Infant Immunization Week, visit In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance.The Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families.
Those parents have opted out of the medical practice: their children have not received the required tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, commonly known as TDa P.Yet while such mandates are well-intended, particularly considering children who can become ill and even die from preventable diseases, the question of liberty still remains.When should the government demand vaccination from dissenters?Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. While some babies are too young to be protected by vaccination, others may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons.
The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children. To help keep them safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized.Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists.