Pros And Cons Of Vaccines

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Vaccinations have been extremely important in the United States of America for as long as they have been around. The first vaccination was in the year of 1796, when Edward Jenner created the first smallpox vaccination. A vaccine, also known as an immunization is a “biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease,” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 3). The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease,” and that "Vaccines Save 2.5 million children from diseases every single year." There are 10 vaccines that are critical for human health, and below each vaccine is laid out on what the vaccine is, the risks, and how they repel diseases.…show more content…
Measles is a very serious contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles starts with a fever, and soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. “Measles is seldom given as an individual vaccine and is often given in combination with mumps and rubella.” (Sousa, S 14). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through to 15 months of age, and the second dose between the ages of 4 and 6. The measles vaccination was invented in 1963, when more than 500,000 Americans had measles which killed nearly 1 in 1,000 (site source). As far as risks of the measles vaccine, again, like any other medicine, the vaccine is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm or death is extremely small. Most people who obtain the MMR vaccine rarely have any problems with the vaccine. Mild problems may be a fever, mild rash, and swelling of the glands., and Ssevere problems which are very rare consists of deafness, long term seizures, coma, or permanent brain damage, again which is very uncommon and rare. There is a common myth that sweeps around the world that states the the MMR vaccine causes autism. In reality, this widely believed theory has been thoroughly disproved by (14 separate studies conducted on hundreds of thousands of

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