Pros and Cons to Vaccination in Children

1750 Words Nov 18th, 2014 7 Pages
Jennifer Krahenbuhl
English 102
Patricia McKeown
September 1st 2014

Pros and Cons to Vaccinations in Children
Almost everyone has heard of the benefits and dangers of childhood vaccines. Parents are especially eager to do what is best for their child to protect him or her. Some people have different opinions on what the best specifically entails when it comes to childhood vaccines. Vaccinations are a controversial discussion as parents question whether it should be mandatory or optional when they feel the cons outweigh the pros. The government says it is the right thing to do for parents and their families to remain safe from illnesses and diseases. However, there have been opinions of opposition voiced by parents and health
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A child should receive two dosages of the chicken pox immunization. The child will acquire the first dose between the ages of 12-15 months, and the second dosage between four and six years of age.
The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) are three diseases that cause coughs, rashes, fevers and many other symptoms(CDC). Just as with the chicken pox vaccination, the MMR vaccination also requires administration in two doses. Doctors administer the first dose between 12-15 months and the second dose between four to six years of age. This vaccine is known as the most effective and safest vaccine. In 1962, one year before doctors administered the measles vaccination to people, almost 500,000 cases were reported in the United States. Ten years after the vaccine introduction, there were about 32,000 cases(CDC). After another decade, there were fewer than 2,000 cases of measles. Since the vaccine entered the medical marketplace, there are only about 100 cases of measles reported every year(CDC).
Hepatitis (types A and B) is a liver disease that is instigated by bacteria that can cause minor symptoms such as the flu, diarrhea, and stomach pains. If one should receive the vaccination he or she may acquire other symptoms; these symptoms consist of pain at the injection site, soreness, headaches, and possible weakness. Children should receive these vaccines between the ages of twelve to twenty-three months old at two separate times. Reactions to this vaccination are possible