The Controversy Of Childhood Vaccination

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Vaccinations are something that is none around the world. It is supported in many countries but in others it is not. In the United States there is a constant controversy as to whether to vaccinate or not. Most parents in our society opt for the vaccination process to protect their children in any way they can. Although, many parents do not see it that way. The controversy of childhood vaccination spans back more than just a few years it goes back as far as the 18th century (Nelson) but the fact of the matter is childhood vaccinations have very few side effects, there have been very few lines between autism and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) (“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Vaccines”; Shea, Diekema), and when children come in to contact with diseases they are not vaccinated for it can cause nationwide pandemic (Nelson; “Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?”). There are side effects in everything around us and nothing is one hundred percent safe and vaccinations are no different. There are 30,000 cases of adverse reactions have been reported annually and about 10%-15% are considered serious like permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death (“Should Any Vaccine Be Required for Children?”). Although there are reactions to these vaccinations every year it is only a small percentage of the people, adults included, that are vaccinated annually. The most common side effect of vaccines is a severe allergic reaction. Sanjay Gupta,
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