This paper was the beginning of over a decade of parents who feared that vaccinating children would lead to autism. During this time some parents chose not to vaccinate and this is now affecting our public health. Not all children can be vaccinated. Some children have immune deficiencies, like cancer, which prevent them from getting vaccines. Other children are too young to be vaccinated.
In 2008, the United States had the biggest measles Gilbert 2 outbreak there had been in 10 years, and the reason behind this was unvaccinated children. These children could have been protected against this disease had they been vaccinated. The parents of these children failed to protect their children against unnecessary harm, and purposely exposed them to the harm of this disease, therefore; it was child neglect. Vaccination rates are dropping, and because of that, children are dying from childhood diseases that are vaccine-preventable. Choosing not to vaccinate is failing to provide your child with the means for their physical well being.
He was not old enough to get the vaccine to protect him against the disease. However, now that the child has had that experience, it made the parents firm believers in vaccination and protecting them against these terrible diseases. Another example of why vaccines saves lives is when a mother (Michele) of two twin boys William and Andrew contracted the Rotavirus and it nearly almost killed them. When the children were ten months old, “they came down with severe
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 children were saved and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to parents preventative vaccinations. (Vaccines 1). With 732,00 children saved from death and illness there should be no question on whether parents should vaccinate their children. Vaccines are an important part of saving children’s lives, all parents should get their children vaccinated, this prevents their child from catching diseases and passing it on to other children and adults, some parents fear that vaccinations can cause autism when there is no scientific evidence; vaccines are safe in the amount used. Many parents fear for their children, especially when it comes to illness.
Of these symptomatic polio patients 0.1% to 2% of cases had paralytic polio. If you were a parent in the days of polio what would you have done? Parents were signing their kids up for the trials in hopes of getting first attempt at the real vaccine. Today we don’t typically worry about the diseases we vaccinate to protect against. We have seen a marked reduction in the existence of these diseases in North America.
Each year, about 2.1 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Many children may not receive their necessary first year vaccinations because of lack of availability, religious beliefs, and safety concerns (Healy, Rench, and Baker 540). The dictionary definition of a vaccine is a biological preparation that improves the immunity to a certain disease (Healy, Rench, and Baker 540). Although all 50 States in the United States require children to be vaccinated to certain diseases before entering school, the states also have exemptions for these vaccinations (Lu 870). Parents often choose not to get their children immunized, and it has proven harmful to the health of the global population.
Over the year’s vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives” (www.cdc.gov ). When parents deny their child a vaccine, the parent is putting hundreds of others in danger. Additionally, due to health reasons, some children and adults are advised by doctors that they may not receive vaccinations. With that said, children who do not receive vaccines are putting those who can’t in danger. Since being safe is a primary concern of the human race, then vaccinations must be kept around or diseases will invade.
According to pediatrician Dr. Sharon Humiston, roughly 1.8% of children are not being vaccinated due to the fact that their paren... ... middle of paper ... ...weigh the risks of not getting vaccinated. Therefore, I believe that vaccinations should be mandatory to help better our society. Hopefully in the upcoming years we will know more about vaccines than we could have ever imagined. Works Cited Offit, Paul A. “Vaccine Risks Are Outweighed by the Risks of Not Vaccinating.” Should Vaccinations be Mandatory?
Is it logical for schools to require kids to be vaccinated for diseases that are no longer a mass population threat? There has been a continuous increase in children that have not been fully vaccinated because of exemptions. Schools interrupting children's scheduled learning because they are not vaccinated is erroneous. According to Stephanie Cave and Deborah Mitchell, "Back in the middle of the twentieth century, the concept of mass immunization sounded like a good idea: We had deadly childhood diseases, we were developing vaccines that could prevent them, therefore, let's immunize all children so they won't get those diseases. And to make sure all, or nearly all, children were immunized, we made the shots mandatory"(9).
In the first eight months of 2014, there were eighteen measles outbreaks, and six hundred cases of measles. This is incredibly dangerous because outbreaks give these diseases the opportunity to evolve and become resistant to vaccines, putting even vaccinated children at risk (Harmon). Parents making the decision not to vaccinate are doing so out of a place that all parents share: a desire to keep their children healthy. However, these anti-vaxxers are basing their decision not on