Should it be compulsory to vaccinate your children?

I recently watched a Stacey Dooley documentary in which she goes and stays with families of different cultures to discover how their way of living differs to her own. The episode I watched featured a family from Brighton who don’t believe in formal rules for their Children. They don’t believe in education for their children, no bedtime rules, and they also don’t believe in vaccinations. One of their beliefs that really surprised me was that they don’t believe in vaccinating their children and when they plan to go travelling, they won’t be vaccinating their children against malaria. This sparked me to do some research into the pros and cons of vaccinations.

There is a worldwide debate on whether it should be compulsory to vaccinate children before going to school. With measles on the increase again, it is becoming more and more concerning for parents sending their children to school with those who have not been vaccinated against such diseases. Britain was once known as a ‘measles free country’ but since there has been a rise in those not being vaccinated it seems to be making a come - back.

Vaccinating your children can always come with risks. Although it is very rare, there is always the risk of anaphylactic shock caused by the ingredients in vaccines and it has also been linked to causing autism. There are the obvious pros of vaccinating your children such as being generally protected from diseases and protecting others around them. It also decreases the amount of money spent on the NHS as those who don’t receive the vaccinations are at higher risk of becoming ill and spending time in the hospital receiving more medical treatment. I have received vaccinations right through my whole life and as an asthma sufferer I am entitled to the flu jag every year.
Would you be worried if you heard that one of your children’s classmates hadn’t been vaccinated at all?

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