To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Essay

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate The topic I chose for discussion is whether I would chose to follow the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) recommendations for having my child vaccinated against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Although no federal laws exist for mandatory vaccinations, each state has a group of required vaccines for children, prior to the enrollment in public and some private schools. So basically, if you’d like your child to go to school, they must be vaccinated. Forty eight of our fifty states allow for religious exemptions and all 50 states allow medical exemptions, such as allergies to certain ingredients. These exemptions allow certain students to go to school without the required vaccines. The required…show more content…
Each year, more than 10 million vaccines are given to children under the age of 1, thus preventing approximately thirty three thousand deaths each year due to disease. (Center for Disease Control, 2012) I believe that the symptoms and complications from these diseases, if contracted, are far worse than the chance of a slight adverse reaction at the injection site. And the fact that some of these diseases have been nearly eradicated, prove the need to continue widespread inoculations. If people stop immunizing their children, these diseases could make a comeback, and unlike a hundred years ago when poor travel conditions limited the size of the outbreaks, today these diseases could spread very quickly throughout the world and devastate some third-world countries where medical services are limited. Dr. David Tayloe, a past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, made the following statement during an April 2009 interview: “For viral illnesses such as polio and measles, we do not have antibiotics, and therefore, the vaccine is absolutely essential”. I have seen first-hand the damage that some diseases can create. My grandmother’s sister was a victim of Polio when she was a young girl. This disease crippled her legs, which required her to wear leg braces her entire life and have special shoes made to help make walking easier for her. I also have a very good friend whose sister was
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