Anti Vaccine Movement Essay

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How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Our Youth
During the rise of the polio epidemic, vaccines were godsends. Parents lined up for their children to be vaccinated against the paralysing disease. Yet recently, vaccines have been the center of controversy. Lately the idea of vaccinating one’s child can be very intimidating; mostly due to the fact that not all parents possess the knowledge of a pediatrician or vaccinologist( Salmon, Daniel). The anti-vaccine movement and parental arrogance puts those physically unable to endure the process of vaccination, or those who are too young, in danger of contracting a preventable, possibly fatal disease (Vaccines: Calling the Shots)
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While it is a parent 's right to decide what is best for their child, their decision can affect someone else 's child. Certain people cannot endure the vaccination process, such as those with immunity issue or cancer patients going through chemotherapy, even babies who are not old enough to receive a certain vaccine. This is called herd immunity, meaning that people who are unable to receive vaccination for a medical reason, rely on the population, in which they surround themselves with, to be vaccinated (vaccines: Calling the Shots)
Last but not least, there is a vaccine for the sexually transmitted HPV virus. The HPV virus can lead to the development of cancer of the cervix, mouth, anus, throat, and neck. HPV infects around 550,000 canadians each year (scott, Katlyn, and Mary Lou Batty). Many children are not vaccinated to HPV due to involvement of sex(Lowy). The HPV vaccine is in a way, a vaccine, for cancer. Yes we have developed a vaccine that prevents certain types cancer, while the vaccine can still fail, it is an extra form of protection. In addition, it also prevents a very common sexually transmitted disease (Vaccines: Calling the

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