Whether you live in the UK or the United States, there is a growing number of parents who fear vaccines and some would say, with good reason. Not only are there potentially dangerous elements within the formulations, some children spike high fevers which has been reported as causing serious problems with their brain function afterwards. Yes, those who enact healthcare policy look carefully at the pros and cons of vaccinating children, but that doesn’t really assuage the natural fears that mums and dads have when taking their children to a clinic for their shots.
Before Debating the Pros and Cons a Frightening Statistic
One of the reasons why so many young people enter universities to study healthcare law and policy is because of the fact that there are many questions within the industry left unanswered. For example, parents are told that they have no reason to fear vaccines for their children because they have resulted in the eradication of such diseases as smallpox and can prevent measles, mumps and other contagions such as seasonal influenza.
Unfortunately, all it takes is one parent getting ahold of statistics such as the fact that there is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that has paid out over $2.7 billion between the years 1989 and 2014. Think about that for a moment and you’ll understand parents’ justifiable fears as to the safety of vaccinations. Having only dismissed claims amounting to just about $63 million, it looks as though most fears are based on realistic numbers!
Diseases Are Gone – Why Vaccinate?
Here is perhaps the second most common question asked by parents that explains their reluctance to risk having their children vaccinated. If diseases such as smallpox and polio are gone in the United States, why vaccinate? That is a very good question and one which students in health law programs debate daily. The simple answer is the fact that we now live in a global community where air travel takes us to and from remote corners of the world where these diseases are still very much alive.
It only takes one traveler to bring back a bug and if children weren’t vaccinated, an epidemic could blow up literally overnight. But then there are those who ask which risk is greater – a possible bug being brought overseas or the very real possibility for dangerous side effects? And herein lies the worst dilemma of all.
Is Government Overstepping Its Rights?
Perhaps the biggest question of all asked by parents on both sides of the pond is, “What gives government the right to put my child in the path of potential danger?” Parents feel that it is their right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their own children but the government looks at it from a broader perspective. If they allow children to go unvaccinated and one infects another, causing an epidemic, did they act in the best interest of society at large? The debate could go back and forth but at this time, vaccines are required of school age children and that, really, is all there is to it.
If you want to institute changes in legislation, then by all means you should have the ammunition to fight from a position of knowledge and power. Study for a masters in healthcare law and go armed with the might of law on your side. Those who believe strongly enough just might get it done and changes could be made as a result. If the urge is strong enough anything is possible, so follow your conscience and you’ll know what to do.