Childhood Vaccination Argumentative Essay

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In 2012, Brady Johnson lost his life due to lack of vaccination. He was diagnosed with measles, which is an easily preventable disease, as the MMR vaccination is 93% effective. With two doses of the MMR vaccine, it then becomes 97% effective. Measles is an infectious viral disease which causes fevers and a red rash on the skin. This disease typically occurs in children and when infected is very serious. Brady was only three years old. If he had only received proper treatment beforehand, his life could have easily been saved and this outcome could have been completely averted. For this reason, it is imperative that children be vaccinated. The pluses for infant vaccines outweigh the negatives. With this being said, many children should be vaccinated as recommended by the family physician or pediatrician. The history of childhood vaccinations within the United States has been in a long process since the early 1800’s. In the article “Government Regulation”, the author states “The development and growing use of smallpox vaccine in the early 1800s triggered …show more content…

The article “Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child” reasons that “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”. Because of vaccines the world today as we know it is slowly becoming safer as more and more diseases are being eradicated. The U.S. has helped in their own way to get rid of diseases. The article “Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?” states that “In 1855 Massachusetts passed the first U.S. state law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren [5], followed by New York (1862), Connecticut (1872), Indiana (1881), and Arkansas (1882).” So as the years went on the U.S. has continually integrated vaccinations for the youth, in this case, it is needed in order to attend

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