• Yes, this should be up to parents.

    Some parents do not support mandatory vaccines and think they do more harm than good, and some vaccines do have mixed information presented against them with more advanced tests being performed. It should ultimately be up to the parent to decide if they want to give their child the vaccine or not.

  • If a mistake was made the government would be complicit in forcing a harmful treatment

    While parents should immunize their children it should be optional because if a mistake was ever made and it turned out a vaccine did horrible things to health then the government itself would be complicit in forcing a harmful treatment. Just in case that happens immun ization should be optional.

  • Honest science please

    If we are going to apply true integrity to the science of evaluating and assessing vaccine safety and effectiveness - we need to have an un-immunized population in order to compare the immunized to. In a clinical setting, vaccine failure and side effects are way too common to ignore.

  • Yes, it should be optional

    No one has the right to tell me what to do with my child let alone a bunch of suits from Washington. This is supposed to be a free country. Forcing someone to do a certain health protocol is the exact opposite no matter if it is beneficial or not. Eating broccoli is healthy but there shouldn't be a law that forces someone to eat it.

  • Childhood Vaccines can prevent disease outbreaks

    According to WebMD.Com,
    "An investigation by the The Hollywood Reporter found that in some affluent neighborhoods around Los Angeles, more than 60% of preschoolers are unvaccinated, giving the area a rate of vaccination comparable to South Sudan. California logged more than 60 measles cases last year, and has 79 just in the first month of this year, with most connected to Disneyland.

    “These upper-middle-class kids are taken on trips abroad, and that’s where they pick up the measles," Schaffner says. They bring it back to the U.S. before symptoms have appeared, "and they spread it among their peers.”

    In Mississippi, on the other hand, which has one of the strictest vaccine laws in the nation -- parents can send their kids to school unvaccinated only for medical reasons -- just 17 exemptions were granted for kindergartners in the entire state for the 2013-14 school year, according to the CDC. As a result, while the rest of the country was on the alert for a disease so contagious that it infects more than 90% of people who are exposed, Mississippi was clear. There were no cases of measles reported in the state last year or for the past several years."

    This more than proves that vaccines can prevent mass outbreaks of diseases like the measles outbreak going on now.

  • No, it should be a requirement.

    Many people argue that parents should retain the rights to determine if their child will be immunized or not. While I am not one to ignore parental rights, when it comes to the health and safety of the child, the parent has the obligation to provide for the health of the child. Vaccinations must be mandatory for the health of children.

  • No, it is a responsibility to be vaccinated.

    We have to protect the public health and immunization against diseases is one of the ways to do it. We cannot allow people to opt out of immunizations because they just don't believe in them or don't want to take responsibility for their own role in disease transmission. When a person wants to opt out of an immunization they are not only making a decision for themselves, they are making a decision that affects other people who may get the disease from them.

  • No

    While I think that DELAYED immunization should be an option, I do not think it should be optional to completely skip vaccines of your choice. They are there to not only protect the child getting the vaccine, but also other children who haven't been vaccinated against specific diseases yet. If your child is vaxed against diseases, the idea is that they won't get said disease, therefor preventing an outbreak of said disease. If everybody was vaxed against each disease that there are currently immunizations for, then in theory that disease would no longer be able spread. Immunizations have been a huge factor in the average life expectancy rising from what is was in the 20's, 30's, 40's etc back when there were not immunizations against these diseases.

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