Public Schools Should Not Be Banned

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
Whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate our children has recently become a debatable and controversial issue amongst parents and activists alike. There are many people who believe there is a greater risk in vaccinating their children due to the side effects, including seizures, paralysis, and in some cases, death although a very small percentage of children actually experience these side effects. Vaccines help prevent deadly diseases by preparing the body to fight off the illnesses when and if they occur. Children should be required to be up to date on all vaccinations to attend public schools, although many parents and religious groups do not agree(Song, 2014). Allowing children to attend public school unvaccinated should not be condoned, the parents are putting their child as well as other children at risk of contracting a disease.
History and Current Status of Vaccinations It is not exactly clear when the first actual inoculation was performed. Some sources say the Chinese had been using some type of vaccines all the way back to 1000 AD. There was an outbreak of smallpox in Boston in 1721 that prompted physicians and the population to come up with something to resist the outbreak, a physician Zabdiel Boylston, had inoculated 248 people. Only about 3% of those people died versus the normal 14% fatality with no inoculation. In the late 1700’s, a vaccine was developed by Edward Jenner, a young English physician; he developed this vaccine…

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