If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence.*

If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence.*

DEBATE TOPICS


Should vaccines be required in countries with low morbidity and mortality for a particular disease?

Pros:

    Vaccinated people are protected from diseases with previously high morbidity and mortality.

    Outbreaks of disease are less likely to occur because of "herd immunity".  Requiring the individual to be vaccinated protects the group or population.

   If a disease is acquired, the vaccinated person often experiences less severe illness and is usually less infectious.

 

Cons:

    Some individuals experience adverse effects.

    Vaccines may not be affordable to everyone.

    Vaccination may conflict with religious beliefs.

 

References:

1) Gust, I.D. The pros and cons of immunization -- Paper two: the importance of immunization.  Health Care Anal. 1995 May;3(2):107-11.
 

2)  Streefland, P.H. Public doubts about vaccination safety and resistance against vaccination.  Health Policy. 2001 Mar;55(3):159-72.