School Required Vaccinations
by: Emma Carpenter and Janice Yoo
Should school children be required to get mandatory vaccines?
Yes. There are many benefits to getting all the required vaccines that override the minimal benefits provided by not getting the vaccines. Vaccines, which provide artificially acquired immunity, are an easier and less risky way to become immune to a disease. They contribute in preventing a disease from occurring in the first place, rather than attempting to cure it after the fact. Vaccines not only prevent an individual from developing a potentially serious disease but also help to protect an entire community by reducing the spread of infectious agents.
Vaccines also save money. It is much cheaper to get a vaccine than to treat a disease.