The Heart Of A Heart Transplant

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Imagine that your child just survived a heart transplant. This amazing surgical procedure has added valuable years to the child’s life and he or she is not in the hospital, able to go to school, and even go outside to play. One unfortunate problem with the surgery is that they have to take anti-rejection medication to ensure that the immune system does not reject the new heart. One small inconvenience that is acceptable considering the new heart has extended their life. However these drugs are designed to suppress the immune system and makes the child more susceptible to diseases. Because of this, the child cannot receive the normal childhood vaccinations which make them at risk for these, preventable, debilitating, and possibly deadly diseases. When able, the child goes back to school and contracts the Mumps, a preventable disease because another child’s guardian selfishly decided not to get their child inoculated. The child who had a new lease on life because of a new heart now is back in the hospital fighting for their life again. Guardians of healthy children should not be allowed to forgo childhood vaccinations. Modern day vaccination against disease was developed in 1796 when Edward Jenner inoculated a child for smallpox (Parent 's Guide to Childhood Immunizations 27). Controversy over vaccinations were alive in the early 1800’s also. In 1802 a British satirist made a cartoon depicting humans turning into cows from Mr. Jenner’s cowpox vaccine to prevent smallpox
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