The controversy surrounding vaccines is rife with BS.Â Some people believe that the MMR vaccine (among others) causes autism, and others claim that the HPV vaccine advocates teen sex.Â TheseÂ reasons are not sufficientÂ to reject the practice of vaccination. Â Vaccines are an achievement of medical science and have unquestionably done a lot of good, eradicating diseasesÂ like smallpox and polio.Â But should they be required?
I think one of the hardest political questions is where to draw the line between personal liberty and the greater good.Â Although I’m not a libertarian, I do believe we have the right to do what we want with our bodies, as long as we are not harming anyone else.
If individuals are given the choice to be vaccinated or not, and I choose not to, IÂ will only infect others who also choose not to be vaccinated.Â Those who choose to have the vaccine will be protected.Â Or will allowing the disease to remain in existence allow new, resistantÂ strains to emerge?Â And, if vaccines are required, should the small percentage of people that are negatively affected by the shot be compensated?
Should vaccines be a requirement, or a matter of personal choice?