Are Vaccines Really the Best Option?

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Many parents choose to immunize their children, however there are till many parents who decide

against it. The number of people who choose not to immunize is steadily increasing, and has been on

the rise since the 1980's when evidence of vaccines causing harm came to light. Immunizations help to

protect the vaccinated individual by injecting a harmlesss form of the germ into the body. This causes

the body to build up antibodies against the disease without actually getting the disease itself. Since

antibodies are now present in the body, if the body is invaded by the germs that actually cause the

disease, the immune system immdiately sends antibodies to destroy the germs. Getting immunized is

the best way to prevent spreading diseases. Since their corresponding vaccines were introduced, deaths

cause by diseases such as polio, measles and tetanus have been greatly reduced. While smallpox has

been completely eradicated worldwide. With results like these you would think that ever parent would

want to have their children vaccinated to protect them against these life threatening illnesses, yet that is

not the case. Let's find out why.

Like any medicine, vaccines carry the risk of adverse effects. Reports of discomfort at the injection site,

as well as allergic reactions and even death have occurred although it is rare. Many researcher are

beginning to make connections between vaccines and the rise in chronic disease among children. Since

the 1970's the number of scheduled immunizations has risen from 8 to 30, and while acute illnesses

have become much less common more and more children are being treated for chronic illnesses and

disabilities than ever before. Since the mid 20th century, learning disabili...

... middle of paper ... ends there are very valid points of view, In my opinion, parents

should weigh the benefits as well as the risks of each vaccination and decide if it is right for their child.

If parents decide against vaccinating, then I believe they should know what is needed to treat and

prevent these very serious illnesses.

Works Cited

1.)Feder L (2007) Childhood Vaccinations: Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect your Child. Long Island, NY: Hatherleigh Press
2.)Kirby D (2005) Evidence of Harm: Mercury In Vaccines And the Autism Epidemic: A medical controversy. New York, NY: St Martins Press
3.)Naff C (2005) Exploring Science and Medical Discoveries: Vaccine. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press
4.)Vaccine Safety Retrieved from
5.)CDC Vaccine Schedule
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