Vaccine Vaccines

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In modern times with the rapid pace of vaccine development in recent decades, the historic origins of immunization are often forgotten, leading people to underestimate the severity of the harm that vaccinations prevent. The resistance to vaccinations is a well-known occurrence, due to the positive effects vaccinations have had we forget the tragic consequences of the past's fearsome infectious disease such as smallpox. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. Despite overwhelming evidence supporting the safety and benefits of vaccination, this fear has proven resistant to information. Parents are increasingly questioning the safety of and need for vaccines as a result, vaccination rates have fallen to dangerously low levels in certain communities. Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States have drawn attention to this epidemic. While vaccine acceptance remains high in general, fear of vaccines has grown dramatically in many developed countries. In some communities, this fear has led to significantly increased rates of vaccine refusal which are associated with increases in illness and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. Given the risk to the public health these perceptions produce, and consistent with well-established legal principles supporting government action to protect the common good, society has the right and responsibility to
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