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The Pros And Cons Of Vaccination

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If you had the choice, would you prefer a child with autism or a deceased child because you refused to vaccinate? Chances are, you would prefer to have a child with autism. There are parents who have read articles falsely linking vaccines to autism causing them to make the decision to deny vaccinations. Their refusal not only puts their child at risk, but other children surrounding them. Their denial erases the long-standing history of saving lives and the eradication of deadly diseases around the world. This also undermines the research and testing scientists have done in order to protect people. It is vital to the health of human life that we keep researching and finding new information about vaccines.

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Diseases such as polio, diphtheria, mumps, and measles have decreased almost to the point of extinction in first world countries over the past few generations. Smallpox has had no reported cases over the last three decades from around the world. This is all due to the mass vaccinations that happened globally resulting in children today no longer needing to receive a vaccine for it. Before that it is estimated that 500 million people were killed because of smallpox. Another major benefit of vaccinating is Herd Immunity, also called Community Immunity. This protects infants who may not yet be old enough to receive certain vaccines, pregnant woman, and an individual with an immunocompromised system. An example where an individual may have an immunocompromised system would be like a child with leukemia. This means if everyone surrounding the individual that is unable to be vaccinated, they are have greater protection from possible getting contagious diseases and helps prevent them from being spread.

Ethical or Social Concerns: One of the social concerns was mentioned earlier with Andrew Wakefield and his MMR and autism correlation, but there are several other social and ethical concerns. One of the other concerns raised is the schedule of when a child receives their vaccinations. An infant receives nearly 30 vaccines, including their boosters, by the time they turn 18 months old. Some people believe that that is too much for
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