Why Is Childhood Immunizations Important

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Ashley Hoover Instructor Kendy Writing 121 February 7th 2013 Childhood Immunizations: preventing widespread diseases Valerie rushed her four-year-old son Jacob into the emergency room; something wasn't right. Test results came back positive for a severe case of the measles; he was immediately admitted to the hospital and put in isolation. Valerie didn't understand how her son could have caught the disease, then she remembered years back when Jacob was one, she had signed a application exempting him from a set of childhood vaccinations. Looking back Valerie could have avoided her situation had she been better informed on the possible consequences. More information and better education on the issue could have saved her son and other…show more content…
We need to refocus the attention and trust of parents to the facts, that vaccines were created for a purpose; to protect. In order to ensure they are aware of this, information must be easily attainable. If we tighten up our documentation process, promote more education on the topics and crack down on the exemption applications, we can eradicate more vaccine preventable diseases like Measles, Polio and Pertussis. From a public health perspective, mandatory school immunization prove effective in protecting the public's health and ensuring a safe educational environment by reducing the danger of vaccine-preventable diseases. Works Cited DeVries, Edna O'Halloran, Mary Jo Knobloch, and Wendy Garlitz. "Using An Internet-Based Registry To Link School Immunization Records With Community Records." Journal Of School Health 73.5 (2003): 201-202. OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson). Web. 6 Feb. 2013. Szabo, Liz. "Vaccine Gaps Cause Outbreaks." USA TODAY. 06 Jan 2010: D.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Feb 2013. U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services. National Institutes of Health "Understanding Vaccines What They Are How They Work." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 2008 Weinstein, Deborah. "Campaign strives to stall pertussis spread." Medical Marketing & Media Oct. 2012: 13. General OneFile. Web. 13 Feb.

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