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Opt-out laws for childhood immunizations are not a good thing. Children who are not vaccinated can spread the disease to others and cause an outbreak in their community. Vaccination is widely considered one of the greatest medical achievements of modern civilization. The smallpox vaccine has eradicated a disease that was responsible for centuries of outbreaks and deaths. Earlier childhood diseases are rarely observed thanks to vaccinations. Ultimately, complications are more likely to arise from vaccine-preventable illness than from vaccination itself.
Smallpox is a serious and sometimes fatal infectious disease. It is localized in small blood vessels of the skin, mouth, and throat. This viral disease can be seen as a rash, and, later blisters. According to the National Library of Medicine, smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300-500 million deaths during the 20th century. In the 1500s between the trade routes in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, smallpox spread, causing the most damage in human history. Queen Elizabeth I contracted the disease, but did not die from it. In 1796, Doctor Edward Jenner carried out an experiment that would lead to his contribution to immunization and eradication of smallpox. He inserted pus taken from a cowpox pustule and inserted it into an incision on an eight year olds arm. Jenner proved that having been inoculated with cowpox, the boy was immune to smallpox.
Polio is believed to have plagued humans for thousands of years. In the late 19th century a major polio epidemic started to appear in Europe, and soon after the USA was plagued with the disease. Though most people recovered from polio, some suffered temporary or permanent paralysis and some died. Fewer than 1-2% of people who contr...

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...ccinated people are more likely to become infected, and the risk of a wide-spread epidemic increases. As proven, diseases and viruses have rampaged societies and bombarded them with loss of life throughout centuries. Vaccinations help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases and also save lives.

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