To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? Essay

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? When the right time comes for me to have a child, I am for vaccinations. Over the years vaccinations have become more and more efficient for fighting away diseases such as mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and polio. According to a 2003 report by researchers at the Pediatric Academic Society, childhood vaccinations in the U.S. prevented about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000 deaths. Once the vaccine is injected, your body mimics what would happen if the real harmful virus took over your body’s defense. The vaccine contains a recognizable but defanged version of the pathogen, so your body is fooled into thinking the virus got in. A signal is sent to the T cells and B cells in the immune system, which quickly plans an attack against the “virus”. As the response winds down, the T cells and B cells will make a memory of that virus. Vaccines don’t prevent pathogens from entering your body, they make sure your immune system can block them quickly and keeps them from getting you sick. Having a baby vaccinated, will lower his/her risk especially being vulnerable to potentially lethal diseases. Having the DTP vaccine is a pro, since tetanus is a severe disease that is often fatal. Pertussis is a disease found in younger children only. I want to protect my child from anything that is fatal. 12,000 people are hospitalized every year for chicken pox, with 100 deaths. Having the chicken pox vaccine immunity will last around 20 years. People not vaccinated for MMR are 35 times more likely to catch measles. If you are planning on getting pregnant, you might want to consider getting the vaccine. It helps protect against possible contraction of Rubella. It is considered a mandatory prerequisite to public schools for all children to receive their immunizations. It is the most efficient method of
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