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Topic: Many childhood diseases can now be prevented through the use of vaccines. Should parents be made by law to immunize the children against common diseases or should individuals have the right to choose not to immunize their children? Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Immunizations are one of the most significant achievements in healthcare, saving millions of lives and preventing illness and lifelong disability in millions more. Although some regard the vaccination of children as a parental right, it is more efficient to pass a law to protect the young with vaccines.
There are a number of reasons why parents’ decision whether or not to have their children injected matters. First, children with serious health problems have to avoid some vaccines as the risk of counteraction is high. For example, in order to insulate those with mental disorders from infections, it is important for others, such as their siblings, to get vaccinated. Second, poor social and economic environment make it nearly impossible for some parents to afford medical care for the young. In fact, in developing countries, since extreme poverty deprives various communities of their livelihoods, the small amount of money they have is used to save the whole family from famine rather than buy their children vaccinations.
On the other hand, if governments make the immunization of children compulsory, they can better promote the well-being of youngsters. First, vaccinating children on time is proven to be the most important way parents can protect their children from serious diseases. In fact, most people tend to delay vaccination schedule of their children due to heavy workload, or, even worse, some can not fully appreciate the benefits of giving children proper healthcare as they are more reliant on obsolete superstitions that appeal to protection of gods. Thus, if a vaccination act were introduced, there would be more motivation for parents to keep track of children’ shots, which helps raise people’s awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Second, by having the young vaccinated before the onset of diseases, health agencies can prohibit the transmission of virus in the state of preparedness with human resources like doctors and medical supplies, which saves a large amount of money in the long run for the governments. The money saved will, in turn, be spent on providing not only free health services but also educational programs, enhancing the well-being of the next generations even more.
In conclusion, vaccination is truly the best way to protect children’s health from childhood diseases as well as reinforce their immune system. Therefore, in order to foster the future prosperity of the whole society, government officials should not only provide the young with free vaccines but also allocate more funding for vaccine research and raise people’s awareness of early immunization.
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