Immunizations Essay

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Why Vaccines are Beneficial to our Children, Community & Future Jeremy W. Harris Ethics March 9, 2014 ITT Technical Institute Why Vaccines are Beneficial to our Children, Community & Future Whether to vaccinate your child or not has become a debatable issue for parents. More and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, leaving them susceptible to various diseases such as measles, mumps and pertussis. Diseases which controlled are now infecting and spreading throughout our communities. Now, instead of using cost-effective vaccines, people are spending money on medical care to treat these diseases. This also affects future generations because previously controlled diseases are returning faster and in greater numbers. Vaccines are very beneficial because they protect our children, the community and future generations. Fewer and fewer parents now are choosing to vaccinate their children, mostly for fear of the child getting side effects from the vaccine. One of the major side effects parents fear is autism. Autism is defined as a physical condition linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain, mostly causing language difficulties ( ). Although the causes of autism remain unknown, many parents choosing not to vaccinate their children are blaming Thimerosal-containing vaccines and receiving too many vaccines in one day. Thimerosal is a preservative used in vaccines, primarily multiple dose vials, to inhibit the growth of germs( ). Thimerosal is mercury based which leads parents to believe that this mercury product is causing autism. In 1999, the FDA decided to remove mercury from all products it oversees, including vaccines, as a precautionary measure. This action increases parents fear that thimerosal was causing children harm. However, according to an announcement made by the FDA in January 2011:

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