Why Vaccinations Are Ineffective And Dangerous Essay

1296 Words Jan 21st, 2015 6 Pages
The importance of vaccines is often heard of in the news and scientific articles. An example of this is evident in the statistic, “Immunizing all babies born in the U.S. in a given year prevents 14 million infections and saves 33,000 lives and $10 billion in medical costs by the time the children reach adolescence,” which was stated in the article, “How safe are Vaccines?” by Alice Park (Park). However, there has been controversy over the use of vaccines since they were first administered in 1796 (Park). New Jersey parents have become more wary of vaccinating their children in recent years, with some even deciding not to vaccinate their children by the mandated ages. Some believe that vaccinations are ineffective and dangerous to their children, while others cite the numerous diseases that have been eradicated because of them, and the overall safety guidelines that are followed in the clinical trials. These disputed vaccines include the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (DTaP), and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine (MMR). Currently, it is mandated that all children receive the DTaP vaccine in five doses, one at 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months old and between 4 to 6 years old. It is also mandatory for children to receive the MMR vaccine before starting kindergarten, with the recommended age being between 12-15 months for the first dose. Maintaining the current vaccination mandates protects children, their communities and effectively saves countless…

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