To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Essay

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I believe that every parent wants to do what's best for their child. We know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways keep our children safe. Making sure a child has all their vaccinations is also a great way to protect your children. Immunizations can save any child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more disease than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction - primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio was once America's most-feared diseases, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States. ("11 Facts About Polio." Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.) I think that many parents’ think that someone telling them their child needs to be vaccinated could be a big part into why so many children are not protected. They might think that government shouldn’t have the right to intervene in the health decisions parents make for their children. It shows that 31% of parents believe they should have the right to refuse mandated school entry vaccinations for their children. Some parent hold religious beliefs against vaccinations. Also, some may believe that vaccines interfere with natural law and God’s plan for humanity. Disease is a natural occurrence, and humans should not interfere with it trajectory. There are some cases in which common childhood vaccinations have caused rare, yet serious reactions including anaphylactic shocks, paralysis and sudden death. This risk is not worth taking, especially considering most diseases vaccinated are not necessarily life threatening. I believe that
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