Benefits Of Vaccines

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Carlee Williams

Mrs. Heather Timmons

American Literature 132-03

Thursday March 20, 2014

Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?

Although vaccination has proven to be an effective means of preventing serious

childhood illness, there is still question over whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Through

much research we can assume that it has been successfully proven that the benefits truly do

outweigh the risks; which is why many people should choose to vaccinate their children.

“Vaccines are among the 20th

preventing disease, disability, and death.” (Risk vs. Benefit) During the years 1951-1954 there

were over 1,879 deaths from the disease polio. In 1955 the polio vaccine was licensed in the U.S.

By the year 1991 polio was eliminated from the Western Hemisphere. We can see the dramatic

change with vaccinations throughout history. Scientists are still looking for more ways to assist

the small amount of risk factors in our society today.

Vaccines are a type of substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and help

prevent several diseases. There are many benefits to vaccinations, vaccines are examples of

taking small risks to enjoy large benefits. Our society should ask themselves the question would

you rather say you took the chance in vaccinating your children or waiting to see the terrible

outcome from not taking that risk. Although you may think vaccination is dangerous you are

helping not only the individual but also protecting your community from diseases spread from

person-to-person. Parents and patients are revealed to a lot of false information. They here in the

media, the news, the internet, and the public; false information about vaccines. Even parents that


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century.” (Risk vs. Benefit) Without vaccination we would lose our friends and family

each day. There are vaccines that have eliminated poliomyelitis in America; and has controlled

measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, and other infectious diseases. We have only reached the

beginning with vaccination in our society today. With technology improving there is a clearer

road for a risk free vaccine process. Now that we have reached the 21st

and effective vaccines will be strongly continued. Vaccines have truly reduced the number of

people who get infectious diseases. Without vaccines, a widespread of preventable diseases

would return. Which would increase illness and disability. Ultimately without vaccination we

would have a higher risk of the worst disease possible, death.

century promoting safe

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