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Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction
Vaccines have been developed to prevent the spread of diseases that have serious effects on the world’s population. The more individuals that go unvaccinated the greater the chance that these diseases, that are easily preventable, are spread.
The issue of vaccinating children has been a recent "hot button" issue and highly debated. Parents have many reasons for not vaccinating their children. More often than not, I have heard from parents who say that they refuse to vaccinate their children due to several reasons. These reasons can range from religious objections to concerns about the potential adverse effects from the vaccine.
Most of the time, I have found, the reasoning the parents use does not involve a valid medical issue. Often, the resources that these parents have used to make this life choice are not reputable resources. The parents appear to be making the decision solely because their friends are doing it and they want to follow the trend. Not vaccinating a child is the “in thing.” It is quite scary to think of the potential consequences of so many people making this choice just because they want too, and not because of a valid medical condition, previous adverse effects from vaccines or true religious beliefs.
Vaccination Basics
I believe that it is important to start with the basics. In many cases one may not know exactly what a vaccine is or what it does. One also may not know about the various types of vaccinations. I believe it is important to know the basics of this subject. Knowledge is power!
Vaccinations are substances that contain a specific antigen in which our body’s immune system responds to with the intention of preventing disease (Adams ...

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...r, 2013). When clusters happen herd immunity is severely compromised putting many at risk for preventable diseases.
Should Vaccinations Be Required?
Immunizations should absolutely be required for every child, unless there is a valid documented medical reason. Vaccinations prevent diseases and serious illness. “Granting philosophical and religious exemptions becomes problematic when it begins to undermine a community’s herd immunity” (Parkins, 2012). No individual should have the right to risk the health of the community because of their personal morals.
It is time to make a change in our country. Immunizations need to be given until the diseases are completely eradicated, and it is time to implement consequences to those that put the herd at risk. The government needs to bind together and put stringent guidelines on exemptions from vaccines.

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