Should Vaccines Be Mandatory Essay

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Vaccines are a double sided sword. The decision of vaccinating or not vaccinating could either save a child’s life or it could put the child in danger. Vaccines have actually been scientifically proven to save roughly 285 children’s lives every hour from preventable diseases. That comes out to be 2.5 million sons and daughters! The Center for Disease Control estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million of childhood illnesses were prevented for the past 22 years. Even with all of these positive side effects, there is still concern for future health risks and in rare cases, death. One in every 20,000 babies who receive the rotavirus vaccination can get intussusception. Intussusception is a type of bowel blockage that requires hospitalization. When a child gets the DTaP or MMR vaccination the parents are putting the child at risk of long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage. Although these side effects are highly unlikely stated by the CDC, it is still a risk factor. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) states that vaccines …show more content…
Vaccinations are recorded as being one of civilizations utmost accomplishments. Childhood diseases that once ruled the world are now slowly declining thanks to vaccinations. More children are becoming adolescents and adults because of vaccinations. Parents are not concerned with their children becoming severely sick because other parents decided not to vaccinate their children from polio or measles. When parents know that certain vaccines are mandatory, it allows the parents to have a comfort zone sending their children to school. There are risks and concerns facing vaccinations and children; but with the rarity of the severe side effects from the many organizations that study these vaccines, the parents should be more than comfortable with protecting their

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