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Oscar RangelHeather LanserWriting 10 Section 31November 8, 2016Should Mandatory Vaccines Become Optional?At the time when I was around 6 or 7 years old, I remember I asked my mother if it was really necessary for me to be vaccinated with every vaccine available for children at my age around the time. She told me, “every vaccine available for kids are all supposed to be taken mandatory and you should probably be happy that I’m trying to protect you against certain diseases by having you vaccinated. Although there’s a few vaccines I doubt it’ll do any good, butGod only knows how well you’ll go through with them all”. What my mother told me got me stuck in thinking whether having mandatory vaccines was really the only choice we all have, or could having them becoming optional was another choice one could think of? As I was thinking this in my mind, a hispanic middle-aged woman came by walking in front of me as she was taking a seat and holding a paper as I overheard telling her husband, “Does our child need to be vaccinated with all these vaccines listed here? I’m not sure if our child is safe with this one here… The type of reactions that were mentioned to me was said to be severe and I don’t want totake the risk for that to happen”. This gave me the chills and was scared for that to happen to me in the future, but my mother kept on reassuring me that whatever happens, I’ll be able to manage like I’ve always done. Sometimes, having faith in one’s self may help you go through every mandatory vaccines if risks are to be taken, but what about for those who hardly think it isn’t good enough for such disease? What if a parent finds that the ingredients put in a vaccine can putyou more vulnerable for even the most common illnesses? Are risks worth taking for a vaccine?
For a parent, these are one of the real concerns that put many into floods of doubts and this is why I think mandatory vaccines should become optional in the United States.First of all, many parents would think that their role to make choices for the best of their children are taken away from the laws of mandating certain vaccinations. One report from Michael Barbaro, a well-known credited The New York Timesreporter, mentioned that Chris Christie, a state governor of New Jersey, has made a speech regarding that the government need to give out the appropriate actions “‘that parents need to have a measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the balance that the government has to decide’” (Barbaro 4). The government is