The current Debate on vaccinations
Although people have now moved past the ideas that were initially feared with possible side-effects of immunizations, the precedent of opposition to them is still present. Many factors have lead to this "anti-science" approach, some of which include contributions from the media in addition religious, cultural, philosophical perspectives. Nonetheless, vaccinations should be once again mandated by the federal government to ensure the safety of the American people.
The Affordable Care Act and It's Impact
With the recent implementation of The Affordable Care Act, America has become a country that prioritizes the health of its population, and thus should enforce that citizens not only be required by law to have health insurance, but to also mandate vaccinations.
"Preventing Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health"(Affordable Care Act).
The Affordable Care Act is meant to not only allow for more affordable options over the concern of healthcare, but more importantly, it functions to serve the purpose of increasing the overall well being of the country.
"the most effective and ACHIEVABLE methods to improve the health status of Americans and reduce the incidence of preventable illness and disability in the united states"(The affordable care act).
If we are truly intending to move toward creating a healthier America, then we need to require basic standards such as vaccinations. If the government can make mandates about public health, such as requiring the population to obtain health insurance and access to doctors and medical procedures, they also should be able to demand the population to have a basic health standard for the protection of the country and overall good.
Benefits of Vaccinations
Vaccinations have become a standard health practice because they are extremely successful in preventing many diseases and save a plethora of lives everyday around the world.
In fact, it is estimates that immunizations are 90-99% effective and it is because of this that over 2 million children are saved ANNUALLY from dying from easily preventable diseases (american academy of pediatrics biography).
Vaccinations such as the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series should be mandated by law because of how serious these diseases can be if a population becomes infected. One of the main vaccinations in this series is the Polio immunization, a disease that causes paralysis and often becomes fatal. This disease was a very large threat until the vaccination was obtained in 1955, and since then is no longer a worry in the American population. Also within this series is the immunization for tetanus, another fatal disease however, like the other diseases in this vaccination series, is extremely preventible by receiving the immunization in the suggested period of time. It seems ludicrous to risk ones own life or the life of one’s children when we have such effective techniques that will almost guarantee the safety and protection of contraction.
Immunizations supported by many accredited institutions and medical boards including but are not limited to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). These corporations are all viewed with the highest credibility and therefore their medical support for vaccinations illustrates just how crucial and effective they are in the population.
In addition to the effectiveness and safety that are prevalent in immunization, they are also beneficial for the future of the country from both a health and financial perspective.
- Cost efficient: The cost of receiving one is significant less than if one were to become infected with a disease and then have to pay for the medical treatment. Often, common vaccinations are covered by insurance companies so the patient pays little to nothing for standard immunizations. Also, when children become sick, the parents must take time off work to care for their children, which often can lead to compromising their normal salary due to their absence. Because of this, the prevention of infections by vaccinations is a much more cost efficient alternative than having to pay for treatment in addition to the loss in income.
- Time efficient: The time to receive an immunization is significantly less than the time it would take to recover from an illness.