Children 0-19 : Vaccination - Pro

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Children 0-19: Vaccinations - Pro

The vaccinations of children are a cornerstone of the United States public health measures to protect people from a host of infectious diseases and possible death. Vaccines are beneficial to the greater good of the public health including your own as well as being a cost effective way to manage infectious diseases. Diseases that used to be common throughout this country and around the world can now be prevented by vaccination. These diseases include polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, rubella, mumps, tetanus, rotavirus, and haemophilus influenza type b (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Immunity is our body’s way of preventing diseases. Newborn babies are immune to many diseases because they have antibodies that they received from their mothers in the womb. Throughout their first year of life, however, this immunity begins to go away. Vaccines contain the same antigens or parts of antigens that cause disease. The antigens in vaccines are either killed or weakened to the point that they do not cause disease yet are strong enough that the immune system produces the antibodies that lead to immunity. Through vaccination, a child is developing immunity without suffering from the actual disease that the vaccine prevents (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). It is strongly supported by large organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Centers for…
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