The Debate Over Vaccinations for Adults and Children Essay

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A very controversial issue these days is whether or not to receive immunizations. I am a young mother and I tend to follow my mothers and doctors’ advice when it comes to mine and my children’s health, I feel as though my doctor has the best advice on how I can keep us all happy and healthy, however this is not the case for everyone. Many questions have arisen about immunizations and there are quite a few people who are either hesitant to or will not have themselves and their children immunized. I am a person who believes that children and adults should be immunized, by not receiving vaccinations it is possible to be putting the public at risk for more diseases. It should not matter what the parents’ philosophical or religious views are.…show more content…
This enables our bodies to develop the antibodies to fight off the disease without having to get sick first. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing disease. Under some circumstances the children that have been vaccinated do get the disease; they usually have milder symptoms with less serious complications than a child who has not had the same vaccination. This proves that there are more risks with not being vaccinated than being vaccinated. Back in 2005 there was an outbreak of rotavirus gastroenteritis in Nicaragua, this caused high mortality and hospitalization. There was a case study done to see if the children who had passed away had access to routine immunizations, in which the children should have been given the rotavirus vaccination. The results of this study showed that with a rotavirus vaccine the seasonal outbreaks could be diminished. Rotavirus gastroenteritis is not the only disease that has been an issue. Polio paralyzed about 37,000 and killed about 1,700 every year in the 1950’s in the United States. About 15,000 people died each year from diphtheria before there was a vaccine, and up to 70,000 children a year were hospitalized for rotavirus. There are also financial reasons that children should receive their vaccinations. According to a statistic from the Centers for
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