The Controversial Issue Of Vaccines

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Vaccines, a topic that remains a debated and contentious issue not only in the media but also in the homes of many, which is partly as a result of the comments made in the recent Republican primary debate in regards to this issue. Both Donald Trump and Ben Carson expressed their concern about the problematic vaccines schedules that are currently in place in the U.S. Today, children are required to get an average of thirty vaccines by the age of eighteen and fourteen of them before the age of two, where as years ago it was only about ten throughout childhood. Thankfully, since this is such a high amount no doctor is allowed, said by the CDC in 1983, to give a child more than four shots at a time. Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, states, “It is true that we are probably giving way too many [vaccinations] in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and, I think, are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which [they] are done” (Carson, CNN). Donald Trump backs Dr. Carson in his concern as Trump agrees that spreading the vaccine schedule out will lower concern and possibly even side effects that put parents in fear for vaccines. It’s clearly a matter of public concern.
In response to the public’s questioning and challenging current vaccination standards, some physicians have begun to question the logic behind the current schedules and have even implemented their own ideas as a result. Dr. Robert Sears, a pediatrician, created
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