Mandating vaccine good
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Vaccines are possibly the most important modern medical advance and have saved countless lives.
They have even led to complete eradication of smallpox infection.
In the least developed countries, we cannot get the vaccines to the children who desperately need them; one child dies every 20 seconds from vaccine preventable diseases, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cases like this are particularly painful for us because they stand in stark contrast to another situation of, we would argue, more serious parental neglect: Parents who deny their children the basic and essential medical care vaccinations provide.
“It cannot be assured that these children will be protected from the virus or bacteria should they encounter it at school, at a playground, at a shopping mall, or at their church daycare.After a moment of confusion and bewilderment, our hearts sank as we understood what had happened: CPS and the medical team were concerned his mother—young, single, and working two full-time jobs in a town hours away from the hospital while supporting two other toddlers at home—simply could not pull together the resources to be present enough at the hospital to demonstrate her competence and commitment to caring for her baby.After a few moments of collective frustration, anger, and most of all sadness for this family, we went back to work, shaken by yet another example of poor, disadvantaged parents being held to impossible standards.Cynthia Leifer, Ph D, is an associate professor of immunology at Cornell University where she teaches immunology to university students, Ph D students, and veterinary students.Her lab studies inflammation and immune recognition and response to viruses, bacteria and parasites.