Vaccines And Vaccines

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We live in an age of modern medicine. In most developed countries it is required that everyone, children in particular, receive vaccinations. These vaccines aim to prevent the spread of infectious and dangerous diseases. Some parents, however, choose to deny their young children these precautionary measures. Through the years vaccines have prevented outbreaks and have even led to the elimination of certain diseases in areas of the world that have these vaccines available. Vaccines are generally considered a force for good and due to misinformation of possible risks, along with other reasons; parents are putting their children in a potentially dangerous situation by not having their kids properly vaccinated.
In 1998 Andrew Wakefield released details of his study in which he linked the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine to increasing a child’s chances of contracting autism. Wakefield’s study was published in the medical journal The Lancet where his research was given a lot of thought by parental readers (McLaren 1). Following this link to autism, many parents were reluctant to give t...

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