The Anti Vaccination Movement Decreasing Child Safety Essay

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The Vaccine War
Many illnesses have haunted the humane race for centuries and throughout that time we have developed ways to prevent them and protect our children. So, why are parents now choosing not to vaccinate? Is the anti-vaccination movement decreasing child safety? Does MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine cause autism? How much are our children at risk by the MMR vaccine? “Because we’re unwilling to learn from history, we are starting to relive it. And children are the victims of our ignorance” (Offit 21). People who do not vaccinate believe that the risks far outweigh the benefits. Numerous parents refuse or delay immunizations for their children; however, other parents are adamant that the parents who choose this type of lifestyle are risking the lives of others by doing so. The issue being discussed and eventually discredited is the link between autism and vaccines, specifically the MMR vaccine, yet countless parents still seem to be convinced by mainstream media.
Un-immunized children are on the rise along with the amount of cases involved with vaccine preventable diseases. Lindsey Tanner, author of “More Parents Refusing to Have Children Vaccinated,” explains that according to a national survey every 1 in 10 parents decide against vaccinating or choose to follow an alternative immunization schedule than the one provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine schedule, children…

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