Non Vaccination

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Three major groups in society cannot be vaccinated: infants under the age of one, Cancer/HIV/AIDs patients, and people that are allergic to components of the vaccine. The first recommended dose of the MMR vaccine, also known as the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, is between twelve and fifteen months (Measles Vaccination). Disneyland park officials, to protect infants and children, strongly suggested that infants and unvaccinated people should not enter the park during the current situation (Ellis et al.). Anyone with a form of cancer, AIDs, or other illness that weakens his immune system cannot be vaccinated ("Who Should Not Be Vaccinated"). Because a weak, living virus is injected into a patient, the smallest trace of disease can attack …show more content…
Hypothetically, in a room full of non-vaccinated people with one infected person, 9 out of 10 people will be infected ("Transmission of Measles"). Bacteria from a sneeze or cough can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours ("Transmission of Measles"). A person can touch an infected surface and then touch his eyes, mouth, et cetera and become infected. ("Transmission of Measles"). A person can be infected for up to two weeks before he shows symptoms of measles. ("Signs and Symptoms"). Similarly, a victim can stay contagious four or more days after his rash appears ("Transmission of Measles"). Common symptoms of measles are fever, diarrhea, and seizures, but there are more grave outcomes ("Complications of Measles"). One in four people that are infected with Measles are hospitalized, and one in ten children develop ear infections from Measles ("Complications of Measles"). One in twenty children under the age of five develop pneumonia from measles, which can lead to death ("Complications of Measles"). Lastly, one in five hundred children will die from measles ("Complications of Measles"). This is not a very lethal disease, but it is nonetheless painful and difficult to control ("Complications of Measles"). The illness most commonly affects young people and the elderly, but the constant contact with others in younger years makes the disease spread rapidly through …show more content…
They may be able to develop the perfect cure, but they are not the ones responsible for using it. Every person must take the time and effort to prevent diseases by getting their vaccinations. Dr. Biggs perfectly summarizes this in a quote from 1911, "No duty of society, acting through its governmental agencies, is paramount to this obligation to attack the removal causes of disease," (Howard Markel). In this context, every American is a patient, and every person must take the medicine the doctor provides to keep himself and others safe. Howard Markel says, "Nothing less than a cooperative partnership of nations, health care professionals, researchers, public health specialists, concerned corporations, philanthropies, and individuals will suffice to safeguard the world against the many public health problems we face today." It is imperative to enforce vaccinations in all schools because of the close quarters shared between hundreds of students, and because the disease is spread merely by the air shared between everyone. The only way we can protect the people that cannot be vaccinated is to provide herd immunity by vaccinating everyone around them, even those who are personally against it. Total coverage through vaccination is the nation 's best chance at eliminating measles from its

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