Vaccines Or Smallpox : Tough Choice Essay

1910 Words Mar 14th, 2016 8 Pages
Vaccines or Smallpox: Tough Choice Throughout the entire world, parents are worried about the negative consequences that can come about through the use of vaccinations, but what parents fail to realize is that vaccinations prevent the real dangers in the world. A vaccine, according to the Center for Disease Control, is a "weakened virus that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease," ("How Vaccines Prevent Disease"). Without vaccinations, people would have a suppressed immune system and their bodies would not be able to learn how to fight off infectious, or even deadly, diseases. The fear of vaccinations is depriving children from a shield to many deadly diseases. According to "The Benefits of Vaccination Outweigh the Risks", "every year in the United States, 350 people are killed in bath- or shower-related accidents, 200 people are killed when food lodges into their windpipe, and 100 people are struck and killed by lightning," ("The Benefits of Vaccination Outweigh the Risks"). There are risks in everyday tasks such as bathing, eating, or going outside, but those risks do not make parents hinder their children from doing those tasks like they do when it comes to vaccinations. Although there has been a recent increase in individuals who are refusing the use of vaccinations, the benefits of vaccinations, such as prevention of diseases and deaths, greatly outweighs the potential risks and makes the…

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