Cast Your Vote: Should All Children be Vaccinated Against Measles?

After measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States, an outbreak at Disneyland in California just two months ago has grown to more than 100 cases and brought much attention to the conversation over whether parents should or should not vaccinate their children. What started as a personal choice has even sparked a political debate.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie mentioned that parents should have “some measure of choice in things,” but later issued a follow-up statement supporting the fact that all children should receive the measles vaccine. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted, “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest.” Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the subject, encouraging all parents to vaccinate their children.

Vice President for Medical Affairs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Redonda Miller agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that children should be vaccinated. And former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson agreed that while parents should have the ability to raise children as they see fit, the importance of public health and public safety outweighs the choice to forego safe immunization programs.

What are your thoughts on the situation? Would you recommend that all parents have their children vaccinated, or do you believe that parents should have a choice? Cast your vote and share your opinion in today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Cast Your Vote.

Should All Children be Vaccinated Against Measles?

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N spatafore February 11, 2015 at 11:53 am

I beleive that all children should be vaccinated but I also feel it is not right for the government to force people to vaccinate their children. Even though their is an outbreak of measles in this country right now, this individual case was caused by someone not from this country. Do we make everyone coming from other countries to be vaccinated before crossing the border? If this is a measles outbreak why do they insist on giving the MMR vaccine? Is there an outbreak of mumps and German measles as well?? Give the parents and citizens of this country good education and allow them to make their own decisions!

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Bonnie C February 10, 2015 at 8:38 am

Until there is some way to completely isolate and/or quarantine people who choose to not be vaccinated, everyone who CAN be vaccinated SHOULD be vaccinated. If an exemption is allowed due to health concerns (cancer?) or religious beliefs, then those un-vaccinated people should have limited contact with the rest of the public. May sound a bit harsh to say these people should not go to places like Disneyland, but when you consider the thousands that will never go to Disneyland because they can't afford it, and their quality of life isn't drastically impacted, that should be considered a small price to pay for not being vaccinated.

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Lori February 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

It is a public health issue. This disease should have been eradicated already.

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Melinda T February 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

As a parent and in my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the risks. I also understand that for religious and other reasons some parents choose to opt out, however, there's been great successes with kids who have been vaccinated. With the resurgence of measles, it's an important topic for discussion to create awareness and to stress the importance of vaccines. My daughter is four years old and she will be receiving her booster shot in a few weeks.

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