Vaccines: The new controversy
(Peters/Perez-Pena) Recently, there has been an outbreak of measles in Disneyland that has spiked up the already controversial talk on vaccines. In recent years, there has started to be push-back from parents in terms of vaccines because of the misconception that vaccines can cause autism. There has also been push-back from Republicans because of their view of modern-science and their hatred of governmental mandates. Due to the fact that many Republican citizens are against vaccines, the issue has become a center one for possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates. This issue is similar to the recent Ebola outbreak where Republicans wanted the banning of entry to the U.S. if someone was in one the infected Western African countries. In both of these instances, science and medicine have disagreed with the vocal Republicans which, in turn, puts Republican representatives in an awkward position. Hilary Clinton has weighed in saying on Twitter "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccines work." Senator Rand Paul has as well but for the other side, saying "The state doesn't own your children. Parents own the children."
The fact that vaccines are so controversial is really quite ridiculous to me. In my opinion, vaccines should be mandated for certain, easily transferable diseases. The reason for this is because when you choose not to vaccinate your child from a disease like the measles, you aren't just affecting your child, but you are putting everyone who comes into contact with your child at risk. This isn't about personal freedoms in my opinion because not vaccinating yourself or your kid affects those around you, and their health shouldn't be put at risk because you don't believe in science. Speaking of science, the myth that vaccines can give your kid autism has already been clearly disproved so why that's still an issue is unclear to me. Republicans' aversion to modern science, or just science in general, is really disheartening to me because it's creating unnecessary roadblocks for protecting things like the environment, education, and in this case, children's health.
1) Do you believe the government should be able to mandate vaccinations? Why or why not?
2) Do you believe in vaccines? Why or why not?
3) What future legislation do you think might be passed in terms of vaccination, if any?