Essay on Infant Mortality Rate-Government Policy To Blame?

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As of 2009, the United States has been found to have one of the worst infant mortality rates among the industrialized nations, despite administering more vaccines than any other country (Goldman, 2). The cause of this serious predicament has been debated by many people. Recently, a study was published which presented an argument that indicates that infant mortality rates have a direct correlation to the number of infant deaths in industrialized nations. The intention of this paper is to show that the government policy of mandatory immunizations should be revoked until the problem has been investigated. Currently, a person can be exempt from immunizations in all 50 states for medical reasons, in 48 states for religious reasons, and in 20 …show more content…
However, according to the study published by Neil Miller and Gary Goldman, even if the infant deaths of all minority classes were taken out of the picture, white infants have an overwhelming majority of the infant deaths in the United States (Goldman, 8). This seems to indicate that the problem has spread across all social classes and cannot be blamed upon simply living standards or genetic factors among minorities. Another finding from the study suggests that sudden infant death syndrome may be directly correlated with vaccinations for diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus toxoid. Of those that died after receiving these immunizations, “6.5% died within 12 hours of vaccination; 13% within 24 hours; 26% within 3 days; and 37%, 61%, and 70% within 1, 2, and 3 weeks, respectively” (Goldman, 6). Babies that were administered the Rotarix vaccine were more likely to die of a pneumonia-related death than babies that were not given the vaccine (Goldman, 7). Given these results, it may be in every country’s best interest to develop a more in-depth understanding of the vaccinations. To continue, how did this immunization policy get started? Immunization laws were kicked into action because schools were worried about protecting their students from diseases; such as, smallpox, measles, whooping cough, and polio (Exemptions from Immunizations). Vaccinations for these

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