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Childhood Vaccines In The United States

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.” In the United States, there are certain vaccines called “routine vaccines” that can protectkidsfrom diseases, such as measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). These are required vaccines for children entering public schools. (SOURCE?) All 50 states require vaccinations for children. Forty-eight of these states, excluding Mississippi and West Virginia, have religious exemptions, and 19 states have exemptions…show more content…
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing diseases”. Also according to Shot@life, a United Nations Foundation partner organization, “vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year which equates to roughly 285 children saved every hour.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination. It is also pointed out that illnesses, including rubella, diphtheria, smallpox, polio, and whooping cough, are now prevented by…show more content…
They are also against the fact that the government should not obligate them to give their kids these vaccines against their wish and beliefs. Parents believe that they should not be forced to do things that they don’t want to do or believe that they are immoral. The parents think that medical decisions should be left to them to decide. Barbara Low Fisher, a Co-founder of National Vaccine Information Center, stated, “If the state can tag, track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biological products of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow,” Also Ron Paul, MD, former US Representative (R-TX), in an Oct.19,2011 article, “Government Vaccines –Bad Policy Medicine” stated, “intimately personal medical decisions should not be made by government….Freedom over one’s physical person is most basic freedom of all, and people in a free society should be sovereign over their bodies. When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we in essence accept that the state owns our bodies.”
It is also said that vaccines can contain harmful ingredients, and can contain ingredients that people consider immoral or objectionable. According to VaxTruth.org, exposure can cause side effects such as cardiac impairment, central nervous
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