Rumors of Students Being Forced to Receive Swine Flu Vaccine

Will the Government really take it that far?

Hemagglutinin 1 and neuraminidase 1 (H1N1), more commonly known as swine flu, is currently a major global epidemic since its outbreak in late April of this year. The number of deaths has jumped from 636 to 4,175, according to the World Health Organization on November 3rd. Flu activity is now widespread in 48 states, and swine flu has claimed the lives of 95 children in the US alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said October 23rd.

You have probably heard of the new vaccine that has been produced by the government, but what you probably don’t know is that with it are unpleasant side effects. However, it is also possible that the US government could force students in schools to receive the vaccine; in fact, workers at some individual and state hospitals and private health chains in New York have already been given an ultimatum: get the vaccine or lose their job. Is it really fair for the government to give us no choice?

Well, of course not. It’s definitely not right for the government to take away our freedom; as they say, this is America. A forced vaccine is going against what the government is supposed to be doing. Instead of spending money to get us out of this economic depression, the government is spending money on a “vaccine” that could potentially cause more sickness, all while taking away our right to freedom of choice.

I’m definitely not getting a vaccine either way. There are way too many risks and uncertain possibilities that the vaccine could cause.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine shouldn’t be given to people who have allergies to eggs or “chicken protein.” The vaccines may also have cancer-causing agents. Apparently the vaccine should be given to children six months and older, but parents are not supposed to feed their baby eggs until the baby is one year or older. Therefore, it would be disastrous if an eight-month-old child received the vaccine and became severely sick because she/he is allergic to eggs.

However, I can understand why the government advises us all to receive a vaccination. It would be problematic if a whole school shut down because one or two people didn’t get vaccinations and infected the whole school. Still, I don’t think that is enough incentive to take away our choice of whether to take the vaccine or not. It’s a free country, and it’s important to make sure the government doesn’t forget it.