Parents Choosing Not To Vaccinate Children Essay

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According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “In some areas, nearly one out of five children have not received their recommended vaccines” (para. 1). The amount of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is on the rise, and so are outbreaks of diseases that were thought to be gone long ago like the measles and whooping cough. Parents are citing philosophical, religious, and medical reasons to opt out of mandatory vaccinations for their children. The reasoning behind many parents when choosing not to vaccinate their children is usually based on the perceived risk of vaccinations because there are risks when putting chemicals into the human body. The problem that can occur when parents choose not to vaccinate their children is that it impacts others, and when enough parents choose not to vaccinate it causes herd immunization to be down. Herd immunization is when a large percentage of the population is…show more content…
This research helped me to realize that parents who do not have their children vaccinated have valid concerns and reasons because when a child gets a vaccination, chemicals are injected into their systems. In order for me to effectively answer the question whether vaccinations should be mandatory without exemption, I will need to do further research on both sides of the subject. I would like to explore more reasons why parents do not have their children vaccinated before I come to my final conclusion. When children are not vaccinated it puts other people in the population in danger, but if the vaccines themselves are dangerous and have toxic chemicals in them, then I understand the viewpoint of anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitant parents. Both sides of this issue are perplexing and raise questions for me, so I will continue with my research in order to find an

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