The United States already had 8 mandatory vaccines before the Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccines are becoming essential to the viability of the American economy.

Vaccines are becoming essential to the viability of the American economy.

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The controversy over vaccination orders against Covid-19 It persists in the United States, despite the existence before the pandemic of the obligation to be vaccinated against at least eight diseases throughout the country, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Fifty states and the District of Columbia require vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, rubella and chickenpox, and with the exception of Iowa, all states require immunization against mumps, Pew details.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines routine against a total of 16 diseases, including the eight already mentioned, from birth to 18 years.

In general, children who have not received the vaccines required for their age may not attend school (public, private or parochial) or enroll in child care programs, although there are exemptions for religious, medical or other reasons.

The Pew stresses that many governors were against the president’s initiative Joe biden, of forcing employees of large companies to be vaccinated against Covid-19, despite the fact that those mandates have existed since the 19th century.

By then, many cities and states began requiring that children be vaccinated against smallpox.

The Supreme Court confirmed such vaccination mandates in a landmark 1905 decision.

A combination vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis became available in 1948, and was quickly added as a recommended injection, routinely.

This week the country exceeded 400 million people over 12 years vaccinated against the coronavirusThat’s more than 65%, but some states have yet to vaccinate about half their population, many of them alluding to individual freedoms.

However, most states already require hundreds of thousands of their citizens (infants, toddlers, and schoolchildren, mostly) are vaccinated against a variety of diseases.

Although in general most immunization mandates apply to children and adolescentsSome states already require certain vaccines for specific categories of adults, recalls the Pew.

New York, for example, requires that all workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities be vaccinated against measles and rubella.

Rhode Island requires that child care workers are not only vaccinated against several common childhood illnesses, but also vaccinated against the flu every year.

What’s more, several states have specific immunization mandates for college students.

The United States is the country with the most cases and deaths caused by the pandemic of Covid-19.

Of the more than 236 million accumulated cases in the world, 44 million are in the US and of the 4.8 million deaths, more than 707,000 have occurred in this country, according to the interactive chart from Johns Hopkins University.


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