The Problem Of Anti Vaccination

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The United States has a problem and its name is “anti-vaccination”. To combat this and the risk it presents to the general public 's health, the California state legislature has passed a law which is a monumental step forward in the quest for worldwide health. For decades, vaccines have been dramatically reducing the rates or even ridding whole continents of deadly diseases, the likes of which were previously thought a normal, albeit horrific, part of childhood. In recent years, a growing number of parents have decided to forgo the doctor-recommended schedule of vaccinations in favor of late or no vaccination at all. The new California law requires that all children enrolled in public and private schools for the 2016-2017 school year be up to date on their vaccinations, regardless of their parents ' religious or personal beliefs. Only children with verified medical reasons, such as immunodeficiency disorders, special education students, and home-schooled students are exempt (Shute). No longer will a parent be allowed to put the health of their child and their child 's classmates at risk because of an unfounded fear of vaccination.
History
On March 26, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk made an announcement that changed the world. He had successfully created and tested a vaccine against polio. At the time, polio was one of the most debilitating and feared of the childhood diseases, with over 33,000 cases reported in 1950 in the United States alone ("PHI: Incidence Rates of
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