Persuasive Essay Vaccines

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If children are vaccinated at the beginning school age, then the child 's life could be saved and future generations could be protected; vaccines can also save the family time and money later on in the child 's life and vaccines save those around the child from harmful viruses and diseases and should therefore be mandatory.
Many people in the U.S. do not understand the meaning and positive effects of a child 's recommended vaccines. Vaccines are described by many as the best way parents can protect their child (ern) from many harmful diseases and viruses (Protect Every Age). Some parents may even ask, 'What is a vaccine, really? '. Family Doctor describes a vaccine as a "weakened version of a virus or versions that look like the virus so
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Although the link to SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome) is sometimes linked to this vaccine, there is no scientific evidence linking the vaccine to SIDS (Effects and History).
The meningococcal vaccine protects against four types of bacterial meningitis (Fam Docotr). A very controversial vaccine is the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles cause fever, rash and runny nose; mumps can lead to meningitis, and rubella causes fever, rash and swelling of the glands. Without the vaccine, the child is more prone to contracting all three. According to scientists from the Institute of Medicine, there is not scientific evidence between autism and this child vaccine (Effects and Facts).
The rotavirus is a very common health condition that consists of a double-stranded RNA virus in the family 'Reoviridae. ' This virus happens to many children causing diarrhea and vomiting. The rotavirus vaccine can be administered no later than eight months of age and can save the child from major dehydration (Family
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One of the obvious reasons would be the disease prevention created by vaccines. These vaccines prevent disease, disability, and death. The vaccines not only protect the child and their well-being but the community around them (Risks vs. Benefits).
The statistics show a 95% decrease of preventable diseases since vaccines have been mandated. For example, in 1951-1954, 16,316 cases of wild polio existed and in 1991, polio by wild type was eliminated from the Western hemisphere. In 1998, the Hib vaccine administered to pre-school children reduced the amount of cases by more than 99%. Another example is how rubella is now almost no threat to society while in 1965 there were approximately 20,000 cases of rubella (Risks vs. Benefits).
The vaccines save the family of the child overall time considering how the individual now has a much lesser chance of getting the disease/virus. Vaccinations can also be considered to help future generations since these vaccinations are virtually eliminating these viruses. Also, if an unvaccinated child would happen to become sick, this may cause financial problems that may not have arised if the child were vaccinated (Risks vs.

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