Compulsory vaccines for everyone, except immunocompromised and contraindications.
Con will contend against the resolution.
Only the immunocompromised and/or patients with contraindications would be exempt from compulsory vaccines in the entire world. Regardless of faith or opinion.
": something (as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable " .
"having the immune system impaired or weakened (as by drugs or illness) " .
"required; mandatory; obligatory:
Vaccine "Vaccination: Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease. Vaccinations, or immunizations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body.".
I accept the debate and await my opponent's opening arguments.
Claim: Vaccines save lives.
Warrant: "Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." .
Warrant: "The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2 million child deaths were prevented by vaccinations in 2003".
Impact: Vaccination saves lives therefore as many people as possible should receive vaccines. It is clear that the resolution would save many lives and the benefit would greatly outweigh the cost.
 Andraz Melansek, student of Intenational Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 1, 2004 “Vaccination, Compulsory?”
Pro's claims about the effectiveness of vaccines and vaccines saving lives are uncontested thus far. Looking at the first amendment
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." .
The first amendment swings both ways. No laws to prohibit free exercise, but also no laws respecting an establishment of religion. Pro will argue that religious exceptions to vaccines violates the 1st amendment. Specifically, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" . By giving an exception to vaccines on religious grounds congress is making a law respecting an establishment of religion.
Furthermore, there are many religious who employ human sacrifice. Obviously human sacrifice rituals are not honored in the USA. This is because of the way human rights work. Person A can swing his or her arms as much as he or she wants until he or she hits person B in the face. At that point person A has violated person B's rights.
The same goes for human sacrifice. If a group following a religion decides to sacrifice an innocent, that group has violated the innocent person's rights. The same goes for vaccines and herd immunity. As seen in the Disneyland measles event. "The growing number of cases illustrates two things: it only takes one person to start an outbreak, and the best protection against an outbreak"s growth is herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when a population has a high level of immunity, thereby ensuring a disease can"t travel very far within the community.".
Since people can die from diseases Pro contends that failure to vaccinate is similar to religious human sacrifice rituals. Although humans strive to maximize freedom, in order to protect the innocent, certain freedoms must be restricted.
As for the status quo, the status quo is not self justifying. Lives are at stake.
Vaccines aren't 100% safe is true. Yet, Con has failed to demonstrate that the negative outweigh the positive. Pro contends that the positive outweighs the negative.
Summary, Compulsory vaccines for everyone, except immunocompromised and contraindications should be enforced worldwide. With various modes of fast travel at human disposal, it seems silly to have inconsistent vaccine laws from country to country. Pathogens don't respect nation's borders. Pathogens are a world problem that can be solved by vaccination and herd immunity.
Thank you for the debate, thank you for being respectful Con.
I sincerely apologize about this, but a glitch is not allowing me to post my arguments. I've tried a few times and refreshing to get my arguments to post, but they are continually being erased with only the first few hundred characters (600, roughly). I've noticed there are other glitches happening with DDO right now, and hope my opponent will accept to leave this debate as a tie. I had all my arguments typed up, but they keep getting deleted and not allowing me to post. I apologize. :(