Essay on Vaccination : Beneficial Advancement

1418 Words May 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Vaccination: Beneficial Advancement in Medicine Global Immunization has risen in recent years, whereas four out of twenty-five children did not receive the Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2013 (Vaccine Coverage And Determinants Of Incomplete Vaccination In Children Aged 12-23 Months In Dschang, West Region, Cameroon: A Cross-Sectional Survey During A Polio Outbreak 2). When it comes to the discussion of vaccination, most of us will readily agree that immunization is imperative for the eradication of incurable viruses. Where the argument usually ends, however, is on the question of the inconsequential risk of adverse complications. Whereas some are convinced that vaccines are counterproductive, others maintain that vaccination exceeds all risks. Even though, the choice to vaccinate a child is an imposed parental right, vaccination is a responsibility by being a member of society because “herd immunity,” helps to control the spread of disease, prevents a person whom can not medically receive vaccines from becoming affected, and the eradication of debilitating disease (Lenhoff 2). Indeed, the choice to vaccinate a child is an imposed parental right. Geoboo Song, author of "Understanding Public Perceptions Of Benefits And Risks Of Childhood Vaccinations In The United States,” acknowledges the presence of aluminum and mercury found in some vaccines that potentially could have negative effects on a child’s development (Song 542). By focusing on the insignificant amount…

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