Nonvaccinated Children in Public Schools Essay

1794 Words Feb 11th, 2013 8 Pages
Non-vaccinated Children Allowed to Attend Public Schools – This Is Not Acceptable
Assignment 4 – Persuasive Paper Part 1: Revision of a Problem Exists
English 215
February 24, 2013

This is a question that every parent must consider when they allow their school-aged child to attend public or even private school. How do you feel about allowing your child to attend school with children who have not been vaccinated? Would it bother you? I’m sure there are several different answers to these questions. This paper will focus on the reasons why unvaccinated children should not be allowed to attend public schools as well as the benefits of vaccination. Every parent wants to raise a healthy child. Every parent wants to make sure
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The US Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters, between 1988 and 2009, has awarded compensation to 1,322 families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. Even though these cases were brought to the public, we have to keep in mind that every child is different. We all react differently to medications and vaccinations. On August 25th, 2011 the Institute of Medicine issued an 800-page report, “Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality”. This report provided the outcome of many studies done regarding the link between vaccinations and possible side effects. According to the conclusion, the evidence was negative to an effect of possible brain damage. There is no better solution to keeping our children safe except for vaccinating them. As mentioned previously, it does not only help our children but others around them. Vaccinations can save lives especially within the beginning years of life. I think that every state should have mandatory laws for vaccinating children. This is considered a benefit and not a hindrance.

References
Phyllis Freeman, "The Biology of Vaccines and Community Decisions to Vaccinate," Public Health Reports, Jan.-Feb. 1997
Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center, "A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella

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