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Vaccinations (mandatory/disbursement)

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Started: 4/9/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Vaccinations are needed to prevent out breaks of diseases.

Out breaks can still occur even with nearly forgotten diseases if children are not vaccinated. 2002 had the lowest school wide vaccination rate in CO and had the highest rate of whooping cough in the US (

Between 2011 and 2013, Wisconsin had over 7000 cases of whooping cough, while in California there were over 40,000 cases of whooping cough even though it is a vaccine preventable disease. (

In 2010, at least 10 infants died due to whooping cough in California. (


Vaccinations are not the reason that whooping cough went down. The mortality rate for childhood diseases such as measles whooping cough and scarlet fever fell before any vaccinations came out because of more sanitary living conditions, and more healthy ways of living and eating. (

Most influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the U.S. and other countries are now resistant to Tami flu. It has become a nearly worthless vaccination against the disease yet it is still used and it is a waste of money. (

Many children who receive the hepatitis B vaccine find that it is completely unnecessary because it is a blood related disease and vaccines cannot do anything to prevent it. The only results found from it are that the only children that contract the disease are those who previously received the vaccination. (
Debate Round No. 1


Hepatitis B vaccine is highly useful, as it is not only 95% effective at preventing HBV, but is also the first vaccine used against a major human cancer (

Use of vaccinations can cause a lower mortality rate due to disease.

According to the World Health Organization, between the years 2000 to 2012, measles vaccination lead to a 78% decrease in measles deaths.

If measles vaccinations were not available, about 2.7 million measles deaths would occur globally every year. (

Cases of Hib have declined by 98% since the release of Hib vaccination in 1987. (


Vaccinations such as hepatitis B are unnecessary because as stated by professionals on, "As of March 2012, disturbingly there were over 1500 hepatitis B vaccine-related deaths reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), some of those classified also as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In addition to a high number of deaths, there were a total of 66,654 adverse events reported to VAERS, including but not limited to brain inflammation, convulsions, multiple sclerosis, headaches, irritability, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Guiilain-Barre Syndrome." (

Dr. Meryl Nass stated: "Many parents hold religious beliefs against vaccination. Forcing such parents to vaccinate their children would violate the 1st Amendment which guarantees citizens the right to the free exercise of their religion."

The First Amendment clearly grants all citizens of the United States of America freedom to practice whichever religion they choose. Many citizens" beliefs are against allowing people to receive vaccinations. By forcing American citizens to vaccinate their children and themselves, it is a direct violation of the First Amendment. (

All fifty states require vaccinations to enter public schools, but 48 of them allow exemptions for religious reasons for this very reason! When students enroll, all they have to do is have their parent or guardian fill out a form stating that they do not allow the student to receive vaccinations because of religious reasons. (

The college of Physicians of Philadelphia stated "Certain religions and belief systems promote alternate perspectives toward vaccination. Religious objections to vaccinations are based generally on" beliefs that the body is sacred, should not receive chemicals or blood or tissues from animals, and should be healed by God or natural means." (
Debate Round No. 2


Many people abuse their first amendment rights to freedom of religion. When getting an exception from vaccinations for their child, parents don't have to explain the reasoning behind their religious refusal towards getting the vaccine. The merely have to state that they have a religious objection and are allowed off the hook whether they believe in that certain religion or not. (

Not only this, but there are several mainstream religions that don't believe vaccinations are wrong, including Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The Catholic Church believes there is no good or proper reason to refuse a vaccination against a dangerous and contagious disease. (

Not vaccinating a child can affect more than just that child, and can endanger the lives of those around them.

29% of deaths of children between 1 to 59 months of age are vaccine preventable. This puts other children at risk of a lethal disease if someone chooses to not vaccinate their child (

Measles is an extremely contagious airborne disease that lives in the air for 2 hours, making it unavoidable to breathe in (

In 2008, a 7 year old boy's parents refused to get him vaccinated for the measles. He then infected his 9 year old sister and 3 year old brother, both of which were also not vaccinated for the disease. This then lead to 11 other children being infected, and 48 children too young to be vaccinated had to be quarantined for 21 days. (


Nonetheless, if schools were to deny the right to freedom of religion to parents who state that it is due to religious beliefs that they refuse to vaccinate the child in their care, schools would be directly violating the First Amendment. It is not the individuals who just don't want their child vaccinated but have no religious ties that make the act illegal, it is those who do. If they are denied the right to religious practice and expression, it is a crime. (

Subsequent infection resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis, or hepatitis in individuals that received the vaccinations for Chicken-pox were reported. (

Due to the MMR vaccine, (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine many severe side effects such as: measles inconclusive body encephalitis, febrile seizures (a type of seizure that occurs in infants and young children in association with fevers), and short-term joint pain were reported.

As stated by Dr. Mercola, "Anopheles, a severe, potentially life threatening allergic ration, is directly related to MMR, varicella zoster (chickenpox), influenza, hepatitis B, meaningful, and tetanus-containing vaccines."
Debate Round No. 3


While it is indeed true that vaccinations may cause severe side effects, nothing medical or science related is 100% guaranteed to work perfectly and safely. There are side effects that come with any medical treatments, not just vaccinations.

Sever side effects are also very rare. About one in one hundred people report about severe side effects within six months of vaccination. It's riskier to not vaccinate and possibly contract a disease, than to vaccinate and risk having severe side effects that only 1 out of every 100 people get. (

Often times, vaccination side effects are minor. There may be pain and tenderness where injected, fever, and a stuffy nose. These are much better to deal with then your child potentially dying from a certain disease. (

Vaccinations are vital to keeping children healthy, and can keep them healthy for over 50 years. (

The majority of childhood vaccines are 90 to 99 percent effective at preventing diseases. (


If one in one hundred people in the population contracting a very severe side effect from the vaccine received put into perspective that there are over seven billion people in the world. This means that over 70 million people in the world contract a disease or severe side effect as a result from a vaccine. This is a very large number of citizens.
There are many countries that do not even have that many people in them!

In the U.S. alone, according to, "About 30,000 cases of adverse reactions to vaccines have been reported annually to the federal government since 1990, with 13% classified as serious, meaning associated with permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death." (

Over 5,500 cases alleging a relationship between vaccinations and autism were filed under the National Vaccine Compensation Program in the Us court of claims in a very short span of time. (

Hives, swelling of the mouth or throat, difficulty breathing, hypertension, shock/ collapse, screaming or crying for an extended amount of time, high temperatures, sleepiness, convulsions, and encephalopathy are all side effects commonly seen in infants due to vaccines.
Debate Round No. 4


While 13% of these vaccine reactions were classified as serious, the most common reaction is soreness and fever. Diseases like the measles and mumps can also cause disability (like deafness) or death, but are also contagious. This can create more deaths than those that may be caused by vaccination. (

There are also studies that show vaccinations do not lead to autism.

In 2001, 15 medical experts from the Institute of medicine found that no connection between measles mumps and MMR vaccine and autism existed. (

Mercury, the vaccine preservative thought to have caused autism, has not been used since 2001. (

Scientists did a study in which they compared urine samples from 115 children from the general population, and 124 children either on the autism spectrum, with learning disabilities, or children that had siblings on the autism spectrum. They found that among the groups, there was no difference in the amount of heavy metals (lithium, cadmium, lead) in the urine samples. These heavy metals are also thought to cause autism from vaccinations. (


The levels of mercury in the urine do stabilize over time, so in this case the levels had time to settle in and stabilize in the bodies of the people being tested.

Many vaccines are unnecessary because the rates for multiple diseases such as polio plummeted before the vaccine for it even came out because of better hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. (

According to Shane Ellison, MS, between 983 and 1990, there was a 423% measles increase in vaccinated individuals then in 2006, the largest mumps outbreak occurred in 20 years due to the vaccinations. (

The vaccinations for hepatitis B before puberty can cause the very same disease that the vaccine was preventing. It is better to allow nature to reinforce the immune system and help it along with natural means than to inject the disease into the individual and hope that it does not cause the same disease. (
Debate Round No. 5
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