Immunizations Essay

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Immunizations This week's assignment calls for each learning team to investigate a hot topic in today's world of child development. Group B will undertake the task of children's immunizations. As the number of parents and caregivers that opt-out of their children being vaccinated before entering kindergarten rises, there is growing concern this is leading to an increase in diseases like measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. Children who are not vaccinated have a Higher Risk of Illness In a study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research, it was found: children not vaccinated are 23 times more likely to develop illnesses then those children who receive vaccinations. "Children whose parents do not want to immunize them are 23 times more likely to develop the whooping cough, or pertussis, compared to those kids who have all their vaccinations" (“Unvaccinated children at higher risk of illnesses“, 2009, para. 1). The article went on to say that out of 500 children who were vaccination, only one developed these same illnesses. This research was the first of its kind by the federal government to track the results of children that received vaccinations and those that did not. "The investigators based their conclusions on the analysis of records of 751 children with the ages between two months and 18 years" (“Unvaccinated children at higher risk of illnesses“, 2009, para. 4). Researchers went on to say that many families that refuse to have their children vaccinated believe vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare. Scientists are worried that the decrease in vaccinations will result in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases across the country. Ireland has already seen a major increase in measles with children under the age of five being the hardest hit. Schools have issued warnings to parents of

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