Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory Essay

1257 WordsNov 8, 20166 Pages
“On Saturday, June 17, 1916, an official announcement of the existence of an epidemic polio infection was made in Brooklyn, New York. That year, there were over 27,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths due to polio in the United States.”(Schneider). Before the polio vaccine was developed in 1955 by Dr. Salk, polio was the United States most feared disease. But thanks to doctors like Dr. Salk, doctors have developed a vaccination for other diseases, not just polio, which helped eradicate and eliminate many diseases that have killed millions in the past. Today, many American parents refuse to vaccinate their children due to a variety of unfounded fears. Vaccinations should be mandatory, unless a person has a medical condition that says otherwise. These vaccinations are vital to the control and eradication of deadly infectious diseases and it can save children’s lives, it is safe and effective, protects other people, saves money, and ensures healthy future generations. One thing that vaccines can do is help save children 's lives. "most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease.”(Vaccine Safety) Which in return has helped save millions of children 's lives over the years. The Centers for Disease Control estimated that 732,000 children in the United States were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination. (Bahar). It 's plain and simple vaccination has been proven countless of times
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