Causes Of Influenza Vaccines

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“The 1918 influenza pandemic caused the deaths of more than 675,000 Americans and over fifty million people worldwide. The devastation and fear posed by this epidemic are, in part, what drives the preparedness of the United States today” (“Vaccines”). Nevertheless, the Reuters Health Medical News Journal found that fifty-three percent of adolescents, aged thirteen to seventeen, did not receive the influenza vaccine during the 2015-2016 flu season (“U.S. Teens Receiving Vaccinations”). Despite knowledge of previous influenza pandemics, parents choose not to inoculate their children. In the United States, children receive immunizations that provide protection from harmful diseases. As a consequence, one can find these maladies at their highest…show more content…
These vaccinations have exterminated and eliminated diseases that once ravaged thousands of people. For example, the World Health Organization found that poliomyelitis, or polio, cases have decreased by over ninety-nine percent because of vaccinations. Between 1988 and 2015, polio cases dropped from three hundred fifty thousand cases per year to seventy-four cases (“Poliomyelitis”). However, if people choose to ignore necessary immunizations, cases of polio could increase throughout the United States and the world. Dr. Karie Youngdahl, the author of the novel The History of Vaccines, discusses this…show more content…
Nevertheless, medical doctors have disproved this claim and offered evidence to support this conclusion. Dr. Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has proposed evidence supporting this theory, “A robust body of medical literature has disproven claims that vaccines correlate with autism or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule” (Rettner). As stated in this quote, a major reason for an opposition towards inoculations holds no validity. Without direct evidence to link vaccines to autism, one must dismiss the theory that immunizations have a major possibility of harming an
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