Pros of Vaccinations

1989 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 8 Pages
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate all vaccines to ensure safety and effectiveness. No federal laws mandating vaccination exist, but all 50 states require certain vaccinations (exemptions allowed) for children entering public schools (ProCon.org, 2013). Children who are not vaccinated have a higher death rate than children who have obtained vaccinations. There are many arguments as to whether vaccinations are safe for children to receive. Vaccines should be a requirement for children because they help prevent diseases, minimize the risks for some disease and increase economic benefits. Vaccines are designed to put foreign antigens into the body so the body will produce antibodies to fight it off. When an antigen is …show more content…
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing disease. When children who have been vaccinated do contract a disease, despite being vaccinated against it, they usually have milder symptoms with less serious complications than an un-vaccinated child that gets the same disease (ProCon.org, 2013). Secondly, vaccines minimize the risks for many possible illnesses. For example, when children go to school they are putting other children at risk every day by not having been vaccinated. Children spread many microbes and without vaccines there would be more viral and bacterial infections in schools than ever. Without being vaccinated children are greatly susceptible to infections and would have to keep days off from school until their immune system kicks the infection. Health-care costs would be through the roof and many individuals already lack health care. There are many clinics that offer low-cost or free immunizations to infants and school aged children (ProCon.org, 2013). In recent research a vaccination known as ZMapp, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical, is being used in an experiment to treat the outbreaks of the Ebola virus. The vaccination has just been tested for the first time on humans. The products safety and effectiveness is still being tested as to whether it will work therefore creating fewer complications for individuals. Although, it has very little research there…