Mmr Vaccine And Its Effects On Children Essay

1219 Words Jan 14th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield published an article stating that the MMR (Mumps-Measles -Rubella) vaccine was linked to autism in young children. Later several different studies were performed to test Dr.Wakefeild 's research and found “As the preponderance of evidence from around the world has accumulated showing no relationship between MMR vaccine and autism” (Miller and Reynolds 169).Though these studies disproved Dr.Wakefield’s claim it has still caused mass hysteria making parents question inoculating their children and leading some to choose against it. Today, there are thousands of children in the United States whose parents have chosen to not have vaccinated. These unprotected children are the result of their parents’ fear of vaccinations and the side effects that can accompany them. Due to these parents’ worries and the threat their choices pose to others, there has been much debate on whether or not parents should immunize their children. What these parents fail to realize is that by deciding not to vaccinate their children, even with the possible side effects, they are putting their children and everyone else in even greater danger from the threat of the diseases that still exist today. Many people think that if they do not vaccinate their child, it only affects them, and it is a personal decision. However, this choice is not entirely private, this is a decision these parents are not only making for themselves but everyone around them. By…

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