Should They Be Allowed in Public Schools?

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Unvaccinated Children: Should they be allowed in public schools? Assignment 5: Persuasive Paper Part 3: Possible Disadvantages, Answers, with VisualsYour Name Lisa Teitler Eng 215 March 13, 2016 Unvaccinated Children: Should they be allowed in public schools? Today’s vaccinations are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to ensure their effectiveness and safety to the general public. Currently there are no federal laws which mandates vaccination, but there is a vaccination requirement per state for children entering school. The chart below details which vaccines are mandated for public school by several states: Children who are not vaccinated have a greater chance of death than children who received the…show more content…
For example, children under five with the flu are contagious for about eight days, and, according to a 2012 CDC study, cost their parents an average of 11 to 73 hours of wages (about $222 to $1,456) and $300 to $4,000 in medical expenses. Children with rotavirus are contagious for up to 30 days. A Jan. 2008 outbreak of measles in San Diego, CA resulted in 11 unvaccinated children catching measles and a resulting net public-sector cost of $10,376 per case (or, $123,512 total) due to emergency vaccination and outbreak response. Furthermore, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or Obamacare) many vaccines are available to children and adults without copay. ("State-By-State: Vaccinations Required For Public School Kindergarten", 2014) Across the United States, state policies determine which vaccination a child will need in order to attend school. Each state will also have different ways in which a parent can obtain exception from the vaccine requirements. The issue at hand is that as the exception climbs, so do the outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases which threaten children health. Parents need to understand that vaccinating or not, can have a tremendous effect of public health. Not vaccinating can become a big problem since it increases the spread of diseases.
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