Essay on Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Many parents stress over the choice of deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children. The reason why deciding to vaccinate children is so difficult is due to the wide range of myths and side effects that are connected with vaccinations. Myths spread to parents all over the United States that the diseases don’t even exist anymore, rumors of vaccinations weakening a child’s immune system, and the risk of a child becoming autistic due to thimerisol in vaccinations. Side effects also scare parents out of getting their children vaccinated like brain damage, seizures, or allergic reactions, but then parents are pulled back to the thought of the possibility of
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Because of the many advances in both the medical and technological industry, vaccinations have the potential to protect a child against more diseases than ever before. Diseases that once killed thousands of children have now been eliminated and are close to extinction -mainly because of the efficient use of vaccines. Vaccinations have the ability to save lives, as most vaccines are 90 to 99 percent effective in preventing disease. It is estimated that vaccines save about 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year, which equals to about 285 children an hour. Vaccinations are also proven to be safe by major medical organizations, and it is very unlikely for any sort of disease or reaction to come from them. Although vaccines may provide discomfort and tenderness, this is minimal compared to the pain of diseases that vaccines prevent. Immunization to diseases protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and even eliminated many diseases that once disabled and killed those just a few generations ago. Smallpox, for example, once resulted in the death of 29,004 individuals yearly. Because of the smallpox vaccination the disease was eradicated worldwide and children no longer need to be vaccinated against it. If the United States, as a nation, continues widespread vaccination, parents in the future may be able to trust that some of the disease of today will no

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