To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Essay

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Vaccinations are needed to for the body to produce antibodies so that illness does not result for various diseases, for example polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, and chicken pox. Children of all age groups are recommended to receive a vaccination to follow a list has been published by the CDC. These vaccinations start at infancy and can continue into teenage years with the addition of booster immunizations to help remind the immune system of the antigen and to promote rapid and effective secondary responses. The manifestation of many infectious diseases has been declining rapidly with the use of vaccinations. Believing smallpox had been eradicated in many countries by the mid-1950s, the Unites States discontinued the smallpox vaccine in 1972. The World Health Organization worked toward worldwide extinction and the last case of naturally occurring smallpox was recorded in 1977. Polio vaccination was implemented in 1954, and cases area a rare event today in developed areas of the world (Gould & Dyer, 2011, [p46]). Unfortunately, not all individuals receive the recommended vaccinations to prevent these diseases and these diseases still persist. Pertussis or “whooping cough” is an extremely dangerous disease for infants and young children. California has nearly 600 cases of pertussis in 1993, with two deaths. Also, during the 1988-90 measles epidemic in California, 2,014 infants and preschool aged children were hospitalized and 44 died. A case of Diphtheria is an infections disease of the nose and throat that can lead to serious breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis and even death. There is not risk of serious reactions to the diphtheria vaccine, yet in one instance, a little boy who had just entered school died of diphtheria. His father had chosen not to have him immunized. The boy was the only on in his class that was
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