Essay about Benefits and Hazards of Immunizations

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Benefits and Hazards of Immunizations

Although science and technology have been very beneficial to us a lot of people are misinformed about its procedures. I myself am a bit fearful about how technologically advanced we're getting in such a short period of time, but this is because I don't understand science. I guess most people that fear science feel that way because of the horrible things that science may bring about. When reading Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" one begins to wonder what if scientists do create a monster and like Dr. Frankenstein did, can no longer undo the creation. It is actually a very scary thought. But then on the other end of the spectrum you have J. Michael Bishop who defends scientists against people's
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Currently though, in the news there is talk about severe reactions to MMR shots. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) shots are given to children usually when they are infants. This shot has been very effective in keeping kids from getting those diseases but there are accounts of parents who say their children developed brain injuries, chronic health problem, diabetes, and even autism after having received the MMR shot. Up until now it is not confirmed that the MMR shot is directly related to the development of those illnesses but examples of what parents say have happened to their children indicate that it is. Those parents certainly believe that there is a direct relationship between the vaccine and their child's illness. Following are some examples that I found of parents accounts:

Case 1: "My daughter, age 15 months, received her first MMR vaccine at a routine well-baby check-up. Prior to receiving the vaccine she had no health problems other than an occasional cold. Three weeks later she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. At her check-up, the pediatrician warned me that in 7 to 10 days she might develop a fever and/or rash in reaction to the vaccine. Eight days later she developed a slight fever which I attributed to the vaccine. Over the course of that week she began drinking fluids to an excess degree. She was so thirsty that she drank 2-3 cupfuls at a time and then began wetting through her diapers, saturating her crib sheets. She also became lethargic...her
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