View Poll Results: Should the government require vaccines?

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  • All parents should be allowed to choose whether or not to vaccinate their kids

    9 26.47%
  • The government should require vaccines for all children attending public schools

    18 52.94%
  • Parents who don't vaccinate their kids should be subject to child neglect laws

    5 14.71%
  • The government should require vaccines for everyone

    6 17.65%
  • Vaccines should be required, but people with legitimate religious objections should be exempted

    5 14.71%
  • Some vaccines should be banned until they are made safe

    10 29.41%
  • Other

    4 11.76%
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Thread: Government policy on vaccines

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    I wonder, does the state own your kids or are you solely responsible for your own kids?
    I think in the end it all comes down to choice vs. force.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    I wonder, does the state own your kids or are you solely responsible for your own kids?
    I think in the end it all comes down to choice vs. force.
    I would agree with you in most cases but the problem is that vaccines require herd immunity to be effective over large populations. It makes no sense for 50% of the population to be vaccinated while the other 50% is not. At higher vaccination numbers, some individuals can exist without the vaccines and still reap the benefits of everyone else being immune, but the numbers diminish greatly as fewer people get vaccinated. It's how we stamped out things like polio and kept them from ever coming back.

    When it comes to the common worldwide diseases like polio, TB, diptheria, tetanus, typhoid, etc. people who are against vaccines show little knowledge of history. The epidemics that ravanged the U.S. even just 100 years ago were horrendous. These vaccines should not be optional and I would even argue that they are required for national security.

    Like I said though, the flu shot and chicken pox vaccines should not be mandatory.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    I wonder, does the state own your kids or are you solely responsible for your own kids?
    I think in the end it all comes down to choice vs. force.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    If the vaccine has been tried and proven over the course of decades - like polio - then it should be mandatory. I support giving parents a window of time in order to get it done. There is some research to suggest that vaccinating newborns might have some negative effects. Whether or not it's true, I can understand if parents want to wait until their kid is 3-4 before getting the major vaccines done.

    Stuff like the flu shot and chicken pox, I am against mandatory vaccinations for those. They haven't had long term scrutiny yet and they aren't life threatening conditions anyway.
    Chicken pox can be life threatening. So can the flu.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Chicken pox can be life threatening. So can the flu.
    So get the vaccine if you think you're at risk. Not everyone needs to have it, especially given that the flu mutates yearly.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    So get the vaccine if you think you're at risk. Not everyone needs to have it, especially given that the flu mutates yearly.
    You said they aren't life threatening conditions when they can be and I am more concerned with chicken pox (almost died from it) than the flu.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    You said they aren't life threatening conditions when they can be and I am more concerned with chicken pox (almost died from it) than the flu.
    But it's only rarely life threatning, and the vaccine only lasts 5 years. It's much more expedient to let people develop a life long immunity, especially as children when it's less severe.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    You said they aren't life threatening conditions when they can be and I am more concerned with chicken pox (almost died from it) than the flu.
    Most kids get chickenpox when they're young and it's rare for there to be life threatening complications... certainly they aren't common enough to mandate the whole population get the vaccine. Chicken pox is practically a rite of passage.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What do you think government policy should be on immunizations for children/adolescents?
    If a vacceine is proven safe (and I am not referring to the crazy vacceines caused my kid to be autistic crowd), then they should be required. Simple as that.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    I wonder, does the state own your kids or are you solely responsible for your own kids?
    I think in the end it all comes down to choice vs. force.
    And this scenario sometimes shows that having to force people to not be idiots can at times be a good thing.

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