Childhood Vaccination Rights And Risks

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Childhood Vaccination Rights and Risks According to the Encyclopedia of Family Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared vaccinations to be one of the top on the list of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccinations have been extremely successful in eliminating and containing many deadly diseases, such as smallpox and polio, by providing the public with immunizations to keep themselves healthy against these very scary and potentially fatal illnesses. Mandated vaccinations for children in the United States has remained a highly debated topic as many ague the freedoms of these children and their parents is being compromised by the notion of mandated immunizations and vaccinations to attend…show more content…
Parents have concerns about their rights, the immunization rights of their children, and are concerned about the high level of misguidance and mistrust of medical professionals in the healthcare system. By the time a child is two years old and preparing to enter day care, there are a routine number of about 26-27 vaccinations a child must receive to be accepted into enrollment. Many states offer different forms of exemption to parents who reserve the right to deny these vaccinations (Jacobson 643). According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, infants and young children are currently vaccinated against 11 diseases: Diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Rubella, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Tetanus, and Varicella (Hinman, Malone, 266). According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and prevention, diseases are becoming rarer due to vaccinations against them, such as smallpox and polio, with the goal to keep immunizing until the disease is completely eradicated. The CDC also states that until these diseases are completely eliminated we cannot discontinue immunizing. The fear is that by not continuing to vaccinate against the diseases, the previous work over the years will be un-done and the government would have to control outbreaks again from scratch. One prime example of cutting back on immunizations is the case of
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