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Super casual, but what are reopening plans like in your countries?
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The Ethics of Anti-Vaxxers
In Forum I - Vaccines
Nov 26, 2018
I agree with everything said here, but I don't think the issue is this clear-cut. When we say that there's an unequivocal ethical violation on behalf of the parents who decide not to vaccinate their children, we're judging them against our values, in which the best path to safety is science and medicine. Many in the U.S. who choose not to vaccinate their children do so for religious reasons, because they believe that their deity can keep their children safer than any new scientific advancement. On top of that, the scare around vaccines causing autism is (almost, but) not entirely baseless. Vaccines such as the flu vaccine contain ingredients that have been linked to brain damage and impaired neurological function, and, while it's true that these substances have been reduced to a harmless amount in vaccines, if there were to be either a manufacturing or human error, the consequences could be severe. In addition, it's not unheard of for young children to have allergic reactions to vaccines, something which can often be fatal. While risks like these are very slight, the combination of many can be enough to convince people to rely on religion instead. Many in the U.S. (especially in rural areas) are inherently distrustful of the government as well, an understandable sentiment, as the U.S. government has, in the past, lied to the people en masse in order to do what it considered best for their safety (think: PRISM). All in all, although I disagree, I can see where people come from. However, it's important to remember, as was mentioned above, that people who choose not to vaccinate their children affect not only the lives of their children, but the lives of others. I think this is where the issue becomes really sticky: how do we balance the rights of individuals with the wellbeing of the community?


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