Persuasive Essay On Vaccines

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Were you vaccinated as a child? If you have children, did you choose to vaccinate them? If yes, why? Although it sounds like a very easy question to answer but because of misinformation about vaccinations many people are no longer staying up to date on them or are choosing to opt out completely for themselves and their children.
Understanding the way the immune system works to cause immunity to certain diseases is crucial in understanding how and why vaccinations work. Active, natural immunity occurs when a foreign invader, such as a specific organism that can cause the flu, chicken pox, measles, and other diseases enter the human body causing the immune system to begin producing antibodies to destroy it. This is known as an immune response.
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When a person requires medical attention because of an illness, depending on the type of medical insurance (if any) that a person has, will determine the cost of treatment. Typically, there is an up-front fee that is paid when checking into the doctor’s office and there may be a charge for diagnostic tests performed to determine what the illness is. Once a diagnosis is made, additional money may be required to obtain the necessary medications to treat the illness. Not to mention, if the person is contagious they will not be permitted to work. Therefore, by ensuring all family members receive a flu vaccination or any other vaccination for that matter it decreases the risk of contracting a preventable disease therefore decreasing the risk of missing work due to illness. Furthermore, it can save money by preventing the need for a doctor’s office visit, hospitalization, or medications for a disease that could have been prevented by being …show more content…
Since infants have an under-developed immune system it puts them at risk of contracting a disease that could be deadly to them. “Young babies can get very ill from vaccine-preventable diseases” (Centers). Certain vaccinations cannot be given until an infant reaches a certain age, but a mother can pass antibodies to her baby during pregnancy and through breast milk. This will help protect the child from vaccine-preventable diseases until the child is old enough to be receive vaccinations. Unfortunately, because this immunity is passive rather than active it does not last for a long period of time. In other words, if a woman is pregnant and unvaccinated, she will not be able to pass the antibodies that she has made from being vaccinated to her child. Therefore, the infant has a greater risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease, especially if the child does not live in an area with vaccination rates high enough to provide community

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