Immunization Policy

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Immunization policy in America and Germany
Is the policy of America more effective that the policy of Germany? Most people who watch TV and read the newspapers must have read or watched news /about children’s infectious diseases. Some of these diseases can lead to terminal illness and death. When faced with this type of issues, parents and government officials for the state must think about it in a serious way. Some diseases can be prevented so it will not kill children. Sometimes we blame the parents and on the other hand we blame the government official who works in the health sector. Why is this left to occur when some of these diseases can be prevented by educating parents the needs for immunization for children? What
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Vaccinations have forever been the strong arm of preventive medicine. Vaccination programs have eradicated some of the biggest killers such as polio, smallpox and measles. Immunization also expands the quantity of preventive antibodies. It can be given either by drops which goes in the mouth or someone can have it through the process of injection in order for an individual to become unsusceptible to a diseases. If plenty people in a region get immunized, the disease will no longer be disperse from one person to the other. With this method, this was how smallpox was eliminated from the whole world and also this was how polio was also eliminated in many countries. But for this to occur in America and Germany at least 98 percent of both countries’ population should be immunized. So by enforcing that all children be immunized this percentage will mount to a 100 percent and the disease will be …show more content…
More than 20% of US 2-year-olds do not receive their primary immunization series on schedule, leaving them susceptible to serious but preventable diseases. The problem of under-immunization is multifaceted and involves economic factors, provider and parental barriers, and the availability and impact of state policies and programs [4]. In an economic sense the 1989- 1991 measles outbreak cost $100 million in medical expenditure from preventable diseases [5]. Yet currently there are no Federal laws requiring mandatory vaccination however on a state level this is very different on a state by state basis. However all 50 states have required that parents vaccinate their children against various diseases including measles, as a prerequisite to enrolling them in public school [6]. Individual state legislation has allowed for certain exceptions to the general rule for mandatory vaccination. Primarily religious objections [7] are used however these have risen dramatically in states such as Massachusetts where the rate of children opting out of vaccination due to religious convictions doubling in ten years [8]. In New York State religious exemptions are the only alternative way to avoid vaccinations this is regulated under New York State Public Health Law. The salient factors related to immunization delivery vary across different populations. Previous reports have yielded

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