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    Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    Michele Bachman's gotten some press lately (for whatever reason) and it reminded me of how she went after Rick Perry for trying to require that HPV shot in Texas. I think this raises an interesting question. I don't have kids so I don't know if it already a law that you get your kids their shots or not, but should this be something the government should require, you as a parent, to have done? I see cogent arguments both ways. What do you think?

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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    With 300+ million people and the low level of intelligence....yes. It's a shame really but reality trumps fantasies of "freedom".




    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Michele Bachman's gotten some press lately (for whatever reason) and it reminded me of how she went after Rick Perry for trying to require that HPV shot in Texas. I think this raises an interesting question. I don't have kids so I don't know if it already a law that you get your kids their shots or not, but should this be something the government should require, you as a parent, to have done? I see cogent arguments both ways. What do you think?

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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    i'm pretty ok with requiring immunizations to attend school. herd immunity only goes so far. also, if you work in health care, you have to be up to date on your vaccines.

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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Michele Bachman's gotten some press lately (for whatever reason) and it reminded me of how she went after Rick Perry for trying to require that HPV shot in Texas. I think this raises an interesting question. I don't have kids so I don't know if it already a law that you get your kids their shots or not, but should this be something the government should require, you as a parent, to have done? I see cogent arguments both ways. What do you think?

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    For serious diseases, I think vaccines should be required in order to get into school...no exceptions on religious grounds, moral grounds or for any reason other than solid medical ones. You don't want your kids to have these vaccines? Home school 'em.
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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    There is only one logical answer, absolutely yes.

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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    To be honest I've never really thought about it, but my first instinct is yes, at least for serious diseases as Maggie said. Generally the place I'm most willing to allow requirements are when they relate to the children. Especially to attend school I think, because that puts other parents' children at risk as well.
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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    What was absolutely stupid about what Bachmann said wasn't the fact that she had an issue against mandated immunizations - I understand why someone might be against that. What she did however during the debates was make up a bunch of bull**** and said things about the HPV vaccine that were patently false. Specifically she said that the HPV vaccine can lead to health problems and mental retardation, which simply isn't the case. She has a track record of making up complete bull**** to buttress her already ****ty arguments, like suggesting that the Lion King is gay propaganda.
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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'm pretty ok with requiring immunizations to attend school.
    I'm still thinking about the overall question but I do agree that if you're going to use public education, the government, through the school system can dictate what's required before your children can attend.

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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    I think there is a fine line between what they should and what they shouldn't "mandate". If an individual is going to be working in the public sector then there should be a requirement to have basic immunizations, nothing overly extravagant. On top of that if an individual is going to take advantage of the public schooling systems that receive federal money, or any other governmental assistance or services the same basic immunizations should be required. But if somebody is going to fend totally for themselves by all means the government shouldn't be able to require anything of the sort.
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    Re: Should The Government Mandate Childhood Immunizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by iacardsfan View Post
    I think there is a fine line between what they should and what they shouldn't "mandate". If an individual is going to be working in the public sector then there should be a requirement to have basic immunizations, nothing overly extravagant. On top of that if an individual is going to take advantage of the public schooling systems that receive federal money, or any other governmental assistance or services the same basic immunizations should be required. But if somebody is going to fend totally for themselves by all means the government shouldn't be able to require anything of the sort.
    But the argument isn't just that they need these immunizations if they want to engage in certain public services like education, it's that their decision not to immunize in and of itself puts others at risk by increasing the risk of infection and allowing the disease to reemerge in a community that had previously eradicated it as a result of mass vaccination. This can and has happened especially with a variety of childhood ailements that have made a minor come back as a result of vaccination hysteria among parents that was cultivated in the 80's and 90's.

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