Vaccines And Its Effects On Children

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Vaccines have saved millions of lives since they were first invented hundreds of years ago. But, they continue be a much debated topic among doctors and parents. Their benefits are often disputed because of so-called dangers related to their administration. Although vaccines are extremely effective, parents still have the power to decide if their children will receive them or not. As a result of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children, others may become ill and government spending increases. The potential for illnesses to spread is high among those who are not vaccinated. This was confirmed recently with the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota history. Twenty one cases were identified, of which sixteen were unvaccinated, and over three thousand individuals were exposed. Among the unvaccinated children, nine were age-eligible for vaccination, and of those nine, seven families had safety concerns about vaccines (Block). However these concerns are, in many doctors’ opinions, unfounded. In one instance, a private practice dismissed a client because the parents would not consider vaccinating the child. Two short months after the dismissal, the patient contracted pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, with significant morbidity rates. If this child had continued to go to the private practice the potential consequences for the other patients would have been very high. Pertussis affects the brain and can even lead to death in infants (Block). Illnesses like
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