Vaccination Is The Act Of Receiving An Injection Of Either Prepared Killed Microorganisms

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Vaccination, also known as immunization, is the act of receiving an injection of either prepared killed microorganisms, living attenuated organisms, or living fully virulent organisms that is administered to produce or increase immunity levels to a particular disease (CDC). Vaccines against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), human papillomavirus (HPV), and influenza are three of the most controversial subjects in medicine. Over the last few years, there have been strong opinions concerning these vaccines, stirring up an international debate as to their efficacy, safety and reliability. Consequently, a plethora of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children due to potential negative side effects. In this paper I investigate both sides of the vaccine debate, including the most popular arguments for and against vaccination. I include context for both sides incorporating the history behind immunization, Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s work and the recent SB 277 Bill. In the United States of America, children receive more vaccinations than any other developed country. It is recommended that 26 shots be received by the time a child reaches the age of one year old (CDC). In comparison, Sweden and Japan require only 12 vaccinations. In the 1960’s, there were several new immunizations introduced to the general public for protection against infectious diseases such as DPT, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Today, vaccines have become far more commonplace, with many being funded

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