Pros And Cons Of Vaccines

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Since the introduction of vaccines in 1790, “millions of lives have been saved and microbes stopped in their tracks before they could have a chance to wreak havoc,” as stated in “The History Of Vaccines And Immunization: Familiar Patterns, New Challenges,” by Health Affairs. Vaccinations are the most effective tool for preventing and eradicating infectious diseases; however, despite their proven effectiveness, are still a topic of debate in today’s society. Vaccinations are a controversial topic; many parents are pro-vaccines because they believe that the risks that the side effects pose are less than the risks of the diseases that they are vaccinating against, while anti-vaccine parents believe that vaccinations are not worth their possible side effects. Both positions have valid arguments; however, pro and anti-vaccine parents could benefit from doing more research on the vaccines before deciding whether they are going to get their children vaccinated. Parents and the majority of healthcare providers believe that children must be properly vaccinated to protect against the outbreaks of diseases, despite the side effects of the vaccinations. The people who are pro-vaccine, view vaccines as absolutely necessary to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are viewed as necessary because although the diseases that they prevent are not currently imminent, they could be if parents continue to decline vaccinations for their children. In the

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