Getting sick is never fun. So when you have a chance to not get sick (wash those hands!), most of the time, you take it.
But a new outbreak of a once rare illness is raising questions about how, collectively, people prevent some diseases that can usually be prevented by a vaccine. An outbreak of measles in California is believed to have been caused by a student at UC Berkeley who wasn’t vaccinated against it. And Ohio is dealing with a Mumps outbreak linked to Ohio State University in Columbus.
Some doctors believe a trend called “anti-vaxing” – the belief that vaccinations are toxic and can cause things like autism – is to blame. This, even though there is no scientific evidence for the belief.
That’s why in many states, it’s the law to have been vaccinated before you can attend school, even though parents can often obtain a waiver. But what do you think? Should vaccinations be required for students attending school? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think, then leave a comment telling us why.