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Vaccinations: The Answer to Childhood Fatalities

America’s parents have taken to creating vulnerable children. Wary adults are neglecting vaccinations that control preventable diseases across the country. No child should be subjected to the susceptibility of an unvaccinated immune system. In this day and age, there is no reason for parents to avoid inoculations because the once fatal health risks, financial insufficiencies, and moral qualms that once presented a reason for doubt have dwindled away.

Fatal diseases such as Measles, Polio, and Tetanus are preventable through vaccination, but manage to run rampant when parents subject their children to these illnesses by failing to have them vaccinated. One of the primary reasons that parents refuse to have their children immunized is their conclusion that these vaccinations propose serious risks, from serious side effects to the chance that their child may contract the injected disease. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “when a large majority of children have been vaccinated, it is expected that most who get the disease will have been vaccinated. And if a vaccinated child does get the disease, the symptoms are usually milder with less serious side effects or complications than in a child who hasn’t been vaccinated” (American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that even in the rare case that a vaccinated child contracts a disease for which they have been inoculated, they will still be better off than if they had never received the vaccination in the first place. After all, if no one were immunized, then the chance of contracting a serious illness would increase. The American Academy of Pediatrics shows that vaccines are 90% to 99% effective, which means that the chance of getting a disease from a vaccination is smal...

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