Vaccinations Are Necessary For Our Youth

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In recent news there have been concerns over the controversy of whether or not vaccinations are necessary for our youth. There have been many incidences where certain individuals’ immune systems put them at risk of becoming more ill and this keeps them from receiving their scheduled immunizations. The benefits that these shots provide outweigh the risks for most of the country’s youth. In order to maintain the safety of the public and protect the health of children, the scheduled vaccinations should be maintained by all families throughout our country. This is the only way to lessen the effects of disease and keep our young protected. Since the 1920’s vaccinations have developed rapidly and have saved the lives of many citizen’s in the…show more content…
Developing and distributing these dosages across the country will only reduce the effects of disease even more than they already are. Vaccines work by allowing the body to develop immunity to any illness without actually having the illness itself. To develop immunity, children are injected with a weak form of the germ that is infecting others, which causes the body to use antibodies to fight back against the germ and creating a stronger immune system. Before distributing any type of vaccinations, a safety license must be acquired from the Food and Drug Administration also known as the FDA. The FDA requires testing to make sure the drug is safe and efficient enough to be used by people of our country. This process takes about ten years before any one is able to use a new drug. Even if the drug was FDA approved, the FDA will take immediate action by taking away the approved license and halting the distribution of the drug that was causing medical side effects. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is a recommended vaccination schedule that commences when the child is an infant until the age of eighteen. The vaccinations begin with the Hepatitis B shot as early as one month of infancy. By the age of two, children are given about “28 immunizations [that fight] against 14 diseases” (Offit). As the years go by, more vaccines are discovered and the immunization schedule gets updated so that all children are up to date with their vaccinations and
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