Hilk 2The urgent need for this new policy adoption in the United States stems from the serious outbreaks that occur in schools far too often, which cause many students to miss crucial education. For instance, an elementary school in Denver, Colorado recently experienced a chickenpox outbreak that stemmed from unvaccinated children who attended the school. The school allows its children to not receive the proper and recommended vaccines if the parents of the children deem so. In the school, there was a report that two unvaccinated children in attendance were experiencing symptoms of chickenpox (Kovaleski). In response to this, the school and its health oﬃcials told the parents of the other fourteen unvaccinated children who also attended the school that it was highly recommended that their children did not attend school. This was done to protect the unvaccinated children from the disease in school. The vaccinated children at school were able to continue going to class due to their proper vaccines. However, because the parents of the unvaccinated children chose to be against vaccines, mainly due to religious reasoning in this case, these unvaccinated children were not able to attend approximately twenty-one days of school—the amount of days in which the chickenpox virus could be dormant. The chickenpoxvaccine, varicella, is 99% eﬀective at preventing the chickenpox infection in
Ever since the invention of the first smallpox vaccine more than two centuries ago, there has been plenty of controversy over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, and safety of vaccination and immunization. It has recently been argued whether laws should be introduced that render some or all vaccines obligatory for all children (Singer, 2009). Parents, health care specialists, nurses, teachers, and children all have an important stake in this issue. Parents argue that it is they who should have the ultimate decision-making right for deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children. Nurses and health care officials oppose that view on the grounds that by making vaccination rates in children incomplete, we expose all children to contracting the vaccine-preventable diseases. If this is a risk some parents are willing to take, but others face unwillingly, there is obviously a propitious platform for debate.
Every parent is concerned with their child’s health. However, this concern can take several directions. While some parents are convinced that vaccines have been invented to prevent the human-to-human transmitted diseases, which otherwise can have serious health implications on children and adults, other parents are certain that it is
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