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While this argument is very compelling for vaccinating children, what implications would this new law have on similar cases?
For example, sexually transmitted diseases also pose a health risk to the general population when not identified and treated within each individual. Chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea have all reached a record high number of cases in the United States, as of 2016. Each of these STD’s are curable, as long as they are identified and treated early on, but instead of being cured these numbers are rising. Should the sexually active individual then be required to be screened for STD’s annually, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control? Although this seems tedious, just as seen in the case made above it is a small price to pay in order to save lives. Annual screening is a small jump from annual vaccinations. All three of the above diseases left untreated have dire consequences – untreated syphilis can result in seizures, dementia, aneurysm, and even death. The societal risk of leaving these diseases unidentified and untreated is much greater than the individual inconvenience of scheduling a yearly appointment, discussing one’s sexual history, and drawing blood. Although it may be difficult to enforce this law, as an individual’s sexual history is something that most like to keep private, mandating annual testing for STD’s could slow down the national epidemic, and potentially save lives.
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