To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? Essay

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? As a parent I do encourage vaccination because of the risk it has on our health. Vaccination should be required for children. No individual should have the right to risk the health of the public solely for the purpose of satisfying their personal moral, philosophical, or religious views. Vaccines can eliminate disease and prevent serious illness and death. Mandatory vaccination has eradicated diseases that once killed thousands of children, such as polio and smallpox. According to researchers at the Pediatric Academic Society, childhood vaccinations in the US prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000 deaths per year. That statistic alone is very interesting and encourages me to keep my children up to date on the vaccinations. I believe that a lot of parents are persuaded not to vaccinate their children because they are educated wrongfully thinking that their child will be vaccinated with the live infection. The risks of not being vaccinated far outweigh the small risks associated with vaccination. Preventable diseases like measles and mumps can cause permanent disability and death. In 1991 an outbreak of measles in an unvaccinated group of children in Philadelphia caused seven deaths. Children infected with the mumps can become permanently deaf. Although a very small number of deaths from the have been reported the most common adverse reactions are minor soreness and or fever. Vaccines should be required because they produce significant economic benefits for society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every $1 spent on vaccination saves the public $6.30 in medical costs that would result from having to treat unvaccinated diseased individuals. That is incredible to me! I have always been pro anything that helps society and economy. If research shows a good turn around why not be
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