Adverse Effects Of Vaccination For Children

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As of 2014, 18.7 million infants have not received their basic vaccines (“Immunization” 1). This number has led to an increasing rate of susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases in some areas of the world. Subsequently, the population loses herd immunity, a condition when a majority of a community is immunized against a disease (Brunson 4). If that condition is achieved, the members of the community would be protected from an outbreak (Vaccines.gov 1). Furthermore, even though vaccines brought about the eradication of smallpox and the decline of polio cases, there are some parents who still refuse to get their children vaccinated (“Vaccines and Vaccinations” 1). Those opponents of vaccination for children claim that vaccines cause harmful …show more content…
Teen Health and Wellness reports that U.S. pediatricians noticed an increase in the number of autism cases in the 1990s, which has continued until today, and the CDC reports that approximately 1 in 68 children now have some form of autism spectrum disorder” (4). Parents have also noticed that their symptoms appeared after their children received the MMR vaccine. However, scientists argue that this is just a coincidence because some mental disorders normally develop around the age when vaccines are administered. Additionally, a 1998 study published in the medical journal Lancet proved the vaccine-autism link false (¨Vaccines and Vaccinations¨ 4). With the autism allegation confirmed to be unfounded, accusations about the side effects of vaccines should be exterminated. Parents should not worry about the dangers of vaccination and should allow their children to be immunized and protected without having to suffer from the fear that their youth will fall victim to autism and other types of speech …show more content…
According to the World Health Organization, there was a “79% drop in global measles death” since vaccination efforts began (1). Smallpox was eradicated worldwide by 1980 and polio cases declined by 99 percent (Brunson 2). Moreover, the number of whooping cough cases decreased dramatically (see fig. 2). These statistics portray the accomplishments achieved through vaccines; the number of benefits outweigh the miniscule amount of disadvantages. Millions of lives have been saved from these vaccines, so there is no harm in requiring vaccines for the children, as the future generation will live healthier and longer

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