Parents Should Receive Vaccines

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Vaccines have been around since the beginning of the 19th century. Ever since their introduction, there has been skepticism about whether they are safe and effective. There are many reasons why some parents are choosing to opt out of certain vaccines, most of which are due to misinformation given to the public. The big question for all parents comes down to whether or not their child should be vaccinated. Healthcare professionals do their best to explain the benefits of receiving vaccinations at birth. It is important that people not be allowed to refuse vaccinations because it puts others in harm’s way, the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks, and many people have been given inaccurate information about vaccines.
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Vulnerable and worried parents are dangerous because they latch on to any sort of explanation whether it is credible or not and whether it comes from a celebrity or a physician. This anti-vaccination movement is a dangerous one based on discredited research and promoted by entertainers who do not have their medical degree.
The worst part of this anti-vaccination movement is the reintroduction of fatal diseases. Heuvel confirms that in 2012 the United States saw a huge spike in cases of pertussis (whooping cough), its worst epidemic in over seventy years (2015). Bailey further supports this by adding,
Unfortunately, whooping cough incidence rates have been increasing along with the number of people refusing immunization for their kids. The annual number of pertussis cases fell to a low of 1,010 in 1976. Last year, the number of reported cases rose to 48,277, the highest number since 1955. Eighteen infants died of the disease in 2012, and half of the infants who got it were hospitalized

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