Should parents be forced to vaccinate their kids? | The Tylt
Should parents be forced to vaccinate their kids?
Vaccines have largely eradicated devastating diseases from the modern world thanks to the functions of herd immunity. Infectious diseases can be contained if enough people can resist infection. This is done through vaccinations. If the majority is vaccinated, you are less likely to be infected. And if you are vaccinated, you are less likely to infect other people. Everyone wins.
Critics of mandatory vaccinations say that it is ultimately a personal choice. It's their body, or their child. No one else should have a say in what happens to it. Adverse reactions do happen, and it is within a parents' right to protect their child.
People shouldn't have to blindly trust the government or people tied to special interests. Scientists and politicians have been wrong in the past. Parents—not the government—have the right to make the choice for their children.
Vaccination skeptics find it hard to trust the authorities when the authorities come up short like this. For them, the risks of making the wrong call, no matter how small the risk is, is too much. What if that that was your child who had the adverse reaction?
There are personal choices that are truly personal, and then there are choices that affect others. Vaccinations affects others. Someone can choose whether or not to be vaccinated, that's their choice. But passing on vaccinations puts other people at risk. That's not okay.