Argumentative Essay On Vaccinated Children

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In 2014, the United States had a record number of reported measles cases with a total of 667 cases in 27 states. This was the largest number of cases since measles had been documented as being eliminated in the United States in 2000 (“Measles Cases and Outbreaks”). In fact, most people who contracted measles were unvaccinated. Measles are just one of the many diseases that can be controlled by vaccinated children early on. These diseases that once resulted in hospitalization, death or lifelong consequences have now become preventable childhood diseases. It is my belief that as parents, the goal is to give children a healthy start in life and one of the most important decisions that can be made is to get your child vaccinated. If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease such as measles, the …show more content…

Not only are states allowing medical exemptions, some are offering religious, personal, and philosophical exemptions. With these exemptions, children are at greater risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease and transmitting these diseases to children too young to be vaccinated, people with medical contraindications to immunization, and those who do not develop protective responses to vaccines or have vaccine failure. In a study performed by Dr. Daniel A. Salmon and his colleagues, children in the United States with nonmedical exemptions between 1985 and 1992 were 35 times more likely to contract measles than vaccinated children. On a state-wide level, children in Colorado with nonmedical exemptions between 1987 and 1998 were 22 times more likely to contract measles and 5.9 times more likely to contract pertussis than vaccinated children. The overall rate of exemptions in Colorado counties with outbreaks of pertussis was higher than countries that did not have outbreaks of pertussis

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