Tetanus, Diphtheria And Whooping Cough ( Pertussis )

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Vaccination has strongly integrated into modern medicine, and several generations have grown up without being exposed to epidemics of rubella, whooping cough, measles, etc. However, during the recent decade an anti-vaccine movement has emerged, powered by the complaints and claims of parents in on the internet and videos associated with the supposed specific effects of vaccines. Many mothers choose not to immunize their kids, or refuse from certain vaccinations. Before the major vaccination campaigns of the 1960s and ’70s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) killed thousands of young children every year. Today, deaths from these diseases are extraordinarily rare in Australia, and the remainder of the developed world("health.gov.au", 2015). Even with the knowledge of the reality that vaccinations have greatly reduced the diagnosis of many deadly diseases, there is still a group of individuals who refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear. Despite the long history of safety and effectiveness, vaccines have had their fair share of criticism, some parents and a small fringe of doctors question whether or not vaccinating kids are worth what they perceive as the risks. In recent years, the anti-vaccination movement, largely based on poor science and fear-mongering, has become more vocal and even hostile (Hughes 2015). Thanks to a reduction in parental willingness to immunize children, vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise. Last year, the

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