The Importance Of Vaccination

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Since the invention of the first smallpox vaccine more than two centuries ago, there’s been much controversy over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, and safety of vaccination and immunization. It’s been recently argued whether laws should be introduced that reduce some or all vaccines required for all children. Parents, doctors, nurses, teachers and children all have an important stake in this issue. Parents of course, argue that it is them who should have the final decision-making right on whether or not to vaccinate their children. Nurses and doctors disagree with that view because by making vaccination rates in children incomplete, the risk of exposing children to contracting the vaccine-preventable diseases is higher. If this is a risk some parents are willing to take, but others face unwillingly, there is something to be dabated.
Every parent is concerned with their child’s health. However, this concern can take several directions. While some parents are convinced that vaccines have been invented to prevent the human-to-human transmitted diseases, which otherwise can have serious health consequences on children and adults, other parents are certain that it is the vaccines themselves that pose a risk to their children’s health. Both have reasons to believe what they do. It has been known that ever since the vaccines for diseases like diphtheria and measles were introduced in the twentieth century, the number of deaths related to these diseases decreased by more than 500 percent1. On the other hand, the mid-twentieth century was also the time when such signs as nutrition, sanitation and healthcare, and other important factors of spreading vaccine-preventable diseases have been greatly improved.
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... middle of paper ... it the right of a particular public or private school to decide whether or not to accept an unvaccinated child but at the same time parents should be considered of other parents and their children, and get vaccinated to prevent others from getting sick especially at school. Vaccination today is used all around the world, and there are certain standards that must be thought of so that all vaccines remain effective and pose minimum risk. If a child is not vaccinated, or has not recently been sick, has a healthy immune system and is vaccinated with a quality product, the risk of having any unwanted consequences is less than 1%. The use of protection of one’s health as a result of immunization is many times higher, which in my opinion makes the risk reasonable. Therefore, parents should have their children immunized for the sake of their child and others around them.
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