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WHY CHILDHOOD VACCINES ARE BENEFICIAL AND NECESSARY 1 Why Childhood Vaccines are Beneficial and Necessary Mary E. Spurlin English/102 August 22, 2010 Shawna Rand
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WHY CHILDHOOD VACCINES ARE BENEFICIAL AND NECESSARY 2 Why Childhood Vaccines are Beneficial and Necessary When the Smallpox Vaccine was introduced more than 210 years ago, the way people thought about controlling devastating illnesses changed forever. However, in the recent decades vaccines have been questioned and looked down upon because of the allegations of causing multiple disorders. Despite common belief, childhood vaccines are not only safe to administer but are the best way to ensure a healthy and disease-free society. Vaccines have made society disease free and healthier With the regular administration of childhood vaccines many diseases have become virtually extinct. Illnesses like Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Hepatitis A no longer claims the lives of those who, such as children, have compromised immune systems. Children play a major role in transmitting Hepatitis A, as they are often asymptomatic or have unrecognized infection. Since introducing the vaccination, Hepatitis A decreased dramatically by 76% and where the vaccine was given routinely the incidence of Hepatitis A decreased by an astonishing 88% (Jones, 2005). Today, most cases of Hepatitis A occur in young men, ages 25-39 years, and not in young children. The proportion of all cases of Hepatitis A occurring among children now is only 19%. In the 1970’s a link between vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was studied. With worry that the Pertussis vaccine was causing SIDS, federally funded researched was performed on 1,200 babies; no link was ever found (Van Tine-Reichardt, 2004). Today, 77% of children who go to school in the United States are completely caught up on childhood vaccines, controlling illnesses within the school system (Park, 2008). Without vaccines children today could easily spread and possibly die unnecessarily from diseases that plagued society as recently as 20 years ago.
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WHY CHILDHOOD VACCINES ARE BENEFICIAL AND NECESSARY 3 Table 1 Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses: 20 th Century Annual Morbidity vs. 2005 Morbidity Disease 20 th Century Annual Morbidity 2005 Morbidity % Decrease Smallpox 48,164 0 100% Diphtheria 175,885 0 100% Measles 503,282 66 99.99% Polio 16,316 1 99.99% Rubella 47,745 11 99.98% Mumps 152,209 314 99.79% Tetanus 1,314 27 98.87% H. influenza , type b 20,000 226 98.87% Pertussis 147,271 25,616 82.61% Note. From the article Immunization Controversy: A Review of Issues, by Orenstein WA, Copyright 2006 by infantnutrition.com Parents nation wide do not realize that vaccinations impact more than the just the overall health of children, but societal costs as well. The seven recommended routine childhood vaccines save an estimated $10 billion in direct costs and $43 billion in societal costs in this country alone (Womack, 2010). Vaccines have made many once deadly illnesses mere after thoughts in today’s
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