Should Vaccines Be Required For Children

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There are some vaccines that children are required to get. Should parents have a choice about it though? Some people will argue that parents should have a right to say if their child gets vaccinated or not. Others will argue that vaccines are necessary. I believe that parents should not have a choice about vaccinations, and that they should be given to every child. Vaccines have saved many lives and continue to do so. In “Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?’ the author explains,”Vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year.” Without those vaccines, those children that were vaccinated could’ve contracted that illness, which could’ve been fatal. Vaccines have prevented me and my brothers from certain illnesses,…show more content…
If a pregnant woman gets a vaccine for a certain illness: she’s not only protecting herself, but she’s also protecting her child’s life. The author states in the article “Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?” that,”Before the rubella vaccine was licensed in 1969, a global rubella (German measles) outbreak caused the deaths of 11,000 babies, and birth defects in 20,000 babies between 1963 and 1965 in the United States. Women who were vaccinated as children against rubella have greatly decreased the chance of passing the virus to their unborn or newborn children, eliminating the birth defects, such as heart problems, hearing and vision loss, congenital cataracts, liver and spleen damage, and mental disabilities, associated with the disease.” Future generations are protected and saved by vaccines. Another benefit of vaccines is that they have eradicated some illnesses. There are some illnesses, such as polio and smallpox, that have been diminished by vaccines. The author states in “Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?” “In the twentieth century, there were 16,316 deaths from polio and 29,004 deaths from smallpox yearly in the United States; in 2012 there were no reported cases of polio or smallpox.” Those disease have diminished because vaccines have prevented the diseases, and eventually, the diseases were eliminated. Because of vaccines, there are some illnesses that are
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