On April 16, 1850, many people were relieved to know that the polio vaccination became required in all US schools. At this time, doctors and medical researchers did not think that now requiring one vaccine would create such a ripple affect, as well as so much controversy. Now, in the twenty- first century, vaccinations are one of the medical fields strongest defenders of health and have created the ability for the body to become immune to viruses and diseases that have been known to kill hundreds of thousands of diseases such as polio, smallpox, hepatitis, H1N1, the flu, and many more. Now that vaccines have become such a crucial part of the research process for physicians, this has also raised controversy that based on the medical evidence of success, should vaccines take the next step of becoming a legal process enforced on citizens? In 2014, the battle has begun in the states between those, who wish to force citizens to use every federally recommended vaccine and those, who respect and value the legal right to exercise informed consent to medical risk-taking, including vaccine risk-taking. The participation and action is urgently needed to defend the human right to exercise informed consent to vaccine risk taking in America and push back the Pharma-Medical Trade-Government Health groups working to eliminate or restrict legal vaccine exemptions. The decision to allow citizens to continue exercising the right to choose against the benefit of the greater good has been a long and tiring battle. This battle is still in progress and has become a debate between medical professionals, religious groups, and the states' citizens. .
Due to the many factors that play into the process of immunizing citizens, the decision to enforce total immunization before entering school, childcare facilities, the work force, etc. has become an uprising issue between whether we still value a persons right to choose, or if the benefit of the greater good should now trump principle.