Essay on Vaccinations And Its Effects On Children

2241 Words Dec 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Vaccinations: A Controversy Still Here Today
Parents have been vaccinating their children for years now. Vaccines have been preventing diseases like polio, measles, mumps, etc. Vaccines have eradicated and nearly eliminated diseases that use to be an epidemic in the United States. Many lives have been saved because of vaccines. In recent years people have become increasingly worried about the effects vaccines have on people. Parents are worried about side effects, the ingredients inside of them, the cost, as well as, whether or not they should be mandated. Vaccinations have developed a serious controversy about whether or not they are necessary.
Some people argue vaccinations are not necessary due to the side effects they cause to children. The side effect of vaccinations varies from common cold symptoms to death. For instance, “the rotavirus vaccination can cause intussusception, a type of bowel blockage that may require hospitalization, in about one per 20,000 babies in the United States” ( People against vaccinations point out that this is not a very large number. It worries parents and makes them afraid that their child will come down with this disease. Not only do they say vaccinations cause physical harm, but people also argue vaccines cause mental disorders.
In 1965, parents began to notice their children became autistic upon getting the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) shot -- a triple vaccine. When another triple vaccine, MMR (measles, mumps,…

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