Should Vaccinations Be Mandatory

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Mandatory vaccination for entry to school has long been debated in the press and among parents. The practice can pit personal rights against state laws, religious preferences against community health, and pharmaceutical companies' pursuit of profit against preferences for optional vaccination. This book provides arguments on various aspects of these issues, but its five chapters on mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for preteen girls are what make it stand out. Reprinted articles both for and against childhood vaccinations for entry to school and the mandating of HPV vaccination to prevent future possible cervical cancer are well chosen for readability and persuasiveness. An italicized summary preceding each chapter outlines the author's stance. Students researching this topic can use the articles to approach the debate from many different angles, such as the risks and benefits of some vaccines, including their possible role in causing autism; the intrusion of government into parental decision making; and the preference for an "opt-in" rather than an "opt-out" system. Back matter includes a list of organizations to contact.—Peggy Fleming, Churchville-Chili High School, Churchville, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737746914
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Series: At Issue Series: Social Issues
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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