In 2008, the United States had the biggest measles Gilbert 2 outbreak there had been in 10 years, and the reason behind this was unvaccinated children. These children could have been protected against this disease had they been vaccinated. The parents of these children failed to protect their children against unnecessary harm, and purposely exposed them to the harm of this disease, therefore; it was child neglect. Vaccination rates are dropping, and because of that, children are dying from childhood diseases that are vaccine-preventable. Choosing not to vaccinate is failing to provide your child with the means for their physical well being.
Jackson Goedert Mr. Munson Period 4 March, 2015 Vaccines save people’s lives Every year in America parents are skipping their child’s vaccination in which causes the children to catch disease that have been exterminated in America for decades. This will create an epidemic in this continues. In America we have vaccines to protect us, but also it affects children in going to school because they must have vaccines for the grade they are going into taken in order to be accepted into the public school. “40% of parents said children who aren’t up to date with vaccines should be excluded in schools” (Patti, Neighmond paragraph 4). There is a rise of children not getting vaccine in school.
Over the year’s vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives” (www.cdc.gov ). When parents deny their child a vaccine, the parent is putting hundreds of others in danger. Additionally, due to health reasons, some children and adults are advised by doctors that they may not receive vaccinations. With that said, children who do not receive vaccines are putting those who can’t in danger. Since being safe is a primary concern of the human race, then vaccinations must be kept around or diseases will invade.
Or the children who have been vaccinated, but the vaccine didn’t work for them? These children depend on the immunity of the people around them to maintain their health. In healthcare terms, this is called, “herd immunity.” A good example of why herd immunity is important would be the case of a 3 week old from Transylvania County whom contracted pertussis or “whooping cough” last September and died from it. (ncdhhs.gov 2013) This child was not old enough to be vaccinated against the disease and solely depended on the immunity of the people around her to keep her safe. When parents opt out of vaccinating their children, they are breaking down the total immunity within their communities thus making these unfortunate people who can’t protect themselves more vulnerable.
Other children are too young to be vaccinated. Health professionals rely on the vaccinated children to keep the non-vaccinated children safe. However, when we have parents in our society who chose not to vaccinate we are putting innocent people who have weak immune systems or are too young at risk. On January 5th, 2015, California health professionals were alerted to a case of potential measles. The patient was an unvaccinated eleven year old.
UNICEF reported that, globally, 453,000 children die from rotavirus, 476,000 die from pneumococcus, 199,000 die from Hib, 195,000 die from pertussis, 118,000 die from measels, and 60,000 die from tetanus each year, all vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations are essential to making sure that children are the healthiest they can be. The decision to vaccinate your child could be a life or death decision, and statistics show that the risks in vaccinating children are very slim. Vaccines have helped families for generations, and they will continue to help everyone. When making the decision to vaccinate children or not, always take into consideration what it could mean for not only the child, but for the community as a whole.
Parents often choose not to get their children immunized, and it has proven harmful to the health of the global population. It is important for parents to have their children vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps, and polio because it is important to promote the welfare of the human race (Parkins 439). Vaccinations have significantly reduced the disease rate throughout the world. Usually, vaccines prove to be between 90 and 99 percent effective. This reduces disease and mortality rate by thousands every year (Jolley and Douglas 1).
Vaccinations are known to be one of the worlds greatest medical achievements. There seems to be one for every disease discovered, form the flu and even the one used to help eradicate Polio. Vaccines have not only kept prior generations away from certain diseases, they have been proven to be very effective. There has always been oppositions to vaccines, some that date back to the early 1800s. The first smallpox vaccine frightened many parents due to the fact that it included scoring the flesh on a child's arm, and inserting lymph from the blister of a person who had been vaccinated about a week earlier ("Opposition to Vaccines Has Existed as Long as Vaccination Itself.” sec.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 children were saved and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to parents preventative vaccinations. (Vaccines 1). With 732,00 children saved from death and illness there should be no question on whether parents should vaccinate their children. Vaccines are an important part of saving children’s lives, all parents should get their children vaccinated, this prevents their child from catching diseases and passing it on to other children and adults, some parents fear that vaccinations can cause autism when there is no scientific evidence; vaccines are safe in the amount used. Many parents fear for their children, especially when it comes to illness.
Tyler Ludlum, a once healthy 10-year old boy, knows all too well the consequences of being unvaccinated. His carefree summer came to a halt when he contracted meningococcoal meningitis. Meningococcoal meningitis causes swelling of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord and is passed from person to person by exchange of oral and respiratory secretions. At the time he contracted the disease, Tyler was too young to receive the vaccination. Instead he was relying on those around him to be vaccinated.