Should The Anti Vaccination Movement Be Vaccinated? Essay

814 Words Mar 27th, 2016 4 Pages
They are hailed as medicine’s greatest triumph, conquering smallpox, diphtheria, polio and more. If you look at vaccines over the past 100 years, they have increased our lifespan by 30 years. But in recent years, some Americans have rejected vaccines, afraid they cause chronic disorders from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder to autism. But the personal choices of parents to not vaccinate their children is putting public health at risk. Mississippi, West Virginia, and California are the only three states that do not allow parents to skip vaccinations for their children for nonmedical reasons. All other states offer either a personal belief exemption, a religious exemption, or both. The anti-vaccination movement has caused an increase in vaccine preventable diseases putting the public at risk. Thus, a bill mandating that children in day care or school be vaccinated needs to be implemented. It is safe to say that most people in the United States do not know or understand the travesties of an epidemic. It has been a long time since we have seen cities ravished by disease. In 1921 the last major epidemic brought 102,787 cases and 563 deaths. These are big numbers for that time period but they are just that, numbers. We have forgotten the outbreaks and death that occur with major epidemics because we do not have a character or person to relate them to. We just cannot feasibly understand the severity of epidemics because on some level we as humans do not truly understand…

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