VaccinationEssayfirstdraft - Abbey Chauvin English 101 Mrs Lewis 3 December 2016 Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Are vaccines causing more harm than good

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Abbey Chauvin English 101 Mrs. Lewis 3 December 2016 Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Are vaccines causing more harm than good? Many people choose not to vaccinate their children because they believe that immunizations are countereffective. Moreover, some research has linked vaccinations to autism in children. While no one disputes that vaccinations have been effective in reducing the spread and fatality rates of serious illnesses that were rampant in former generations, controversy continues to surround the administration of 'combination' vaccines that combine several immunizations into a single injection. While some people believe that vaccinations do more harm than good, they strengthen the immune system, keep vaccine-preventable epidemics from starting, and save lives, not only of those who are vaccinated but of those who are not healthy enough to receive the vaccinations themselves. Vaccines can save children’s lives. According to a graphic created by Unicef, and posted in an article on Forbes , “ immunizations are one of the most cost-effective public health investments.” Vaccines have helped cut child death rates in half over the last two decades. Nevertheless, today 1.5 million children under five still die yearly from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. In 1988 there were three hundred and fifty thousand cases of polio across the globe. Today there are fewer than five hundred cases per year. In 2014, India was able to eradicate the disease and all thanks to vaccinations (Herper). When parents fail to get their child’s immunizations,
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they put their child at risk of being one of those five hundred children per year that contracts polio or another preventable disease. Vaccines are a cost effective way to save the lives of children all over the world. Many parents in the United States are choosing to “opt out” of vaccinating their children because they believe the immunization will cause more harm than good. The ingredients some people fear are within the vaccinations are aluminum, formaldehyde and thimerosal (which is mercury-containing preservative). These can sound terrifying, especially when the purpose of the ingredients is not disclosed. But prior to swearing off vaccinations, the use and amounts of these ingredients should be evaluated. According
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  • Spring '16
  • Mrs. Forster
  • English, disease Control, thimerosal

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