Vaccine Requirements

Sarah Kellner
Lifestyles Editor

In January 2015, Thomas Levy reported on the conditions of vaccinations and why the University of the Pacific enforced students to get vaccinated. Levy explained that throughout our daily lives, we come in contact with many different germs and diseases, yet with vaccinations we do not have to deal with the side effects of those issues.
Although there are many people, as well as band wagon participants who are against the procedure of getting vaccinations; there is a considerably large amount of research proving why we should be vaccinated.
To start with, according to U.S. News and World Report 2015, the University is ranked as the 14th most ethnically diverse campus in California. We have a thriving international relations program that sends our own students off to and brings in many different students from all around the world.
With so many different people congregating in a small space, our immune systems wouldn’t be able to handle the incoming germs and possibly new viruses without vaccinations. Those who are vaccinated are protected from killer viruses like shingles and whooping cough.
Yet there are still people who choose not to be vaccinated, and that is okay. Levy reports that “according to CBS San Francisco, studies across five states found that in our current flu season, those with the vaccine are only 23 percent less at risk to the flu than those without it, compared to 50-60 percent most other years.” While that may seem like a small percent, that percent is still protecting us that much more from potentially fatal pathogens.

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