Should We Make Medical Decisions For Children?

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Children all over the world are being punished by parents who refuse to vaccinate them. They are being punished by diseases such as Polio, Rubella, and Measles. These diseases are the cause of millions of children throughout time being maimed, crippled, and killed. Diseases such as these have no place in the modern world where they are easily preventable. There are a few health risks with vaccinations, but there are health risks with everything we do. The chemicals in vaccines can look scary and dangerous, but the same can be said for the ingredients on the back of cereal boxes. People should have the right to make medical decisions for their children, but only after they have someone thoroughly explain all of the risks and benefits associated with vaccination. False immunity might not be the best, but it is better for the entire community in the long run. Lastly, just because it has not been in the news and people do not know they exist, that does not mean that they do not exist. This is an ongoing fight that we will never truly win, but one that we can at least have an advantage in. To deny our children this advantage is not only cruel, but also thoughtless.
For those who are in support of the anti-vaccination movement, their reasons are reasonable to a degree. Many people feel that the risks of vaccines are far too costly to risk their child’s lives for. The CDC put out a statement claiming that all vaccines carry a risk of life-threatening allergic reactions in about on
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