The Effects Of Receiving Vaccinations On Children

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For the longest time, vaccines have been thought of has as medical breakthroughs of epic proportions. They have, in part, led to a dramatic increase in human life expectancy and have successfully rid the human race of horrible diseases such as smallpox and polio. However, recently there has been controversy regarding alleged side effects of receiving vaccinations, with autism being at the forefront of discussion. A study published by Wakefield in 1998 is what sparked the debate; in the study, Wakefield claimed that the onset of autism was directly correlated with a child’s measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination (MMR). Since the study was published, a rather large group of anti-vaccine activists have remained vocal and encouraged others to cease vaccinated their children. Celebrities and media personalities such as Jenny McCarthy have been very outspoken against vaccinations, causing panic among parents regarding the vaccination of their children. By carefully examining the evidence brought forth supporting both the pro- and anti-vaccine arguments, one can reasonably conclude that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the potential negative effects. The opposing viewpoints of the vaccine debate have a variety of different sources offering their perspectives. On the pro-vaccine side, studies have shown overwhelmingly that there is no correlation between vaccines and adverse effects. They reach this conclusion in a plethora of ways. In the Maglione study, a meta-analysis of
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