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1 Candice Higginbotham Barbara Whitener Eng 101 April 22, 2011 Vaccinating Your Community There is a lot of controversy as to whether there should be a social responsibility placed on a parent to get their children vaccinated. There are a lot of great arguments as to why there should be responsibility and some saying that it should be the parent’s choice. If a parent feels socially responsible to get their child vaccinated or not will depend on many thoughts, factors, and religious beliefs. Some believe that getting vaccinated can lead to autism in children; although that has been disproved parents still are not buying in. There are also arguments saying that the hundreds of thousands of children in the United States that cannot get vaccinated for various medical reasons, including getting chemotherapy, having cancer, and having leukemia, depend on the parents who do decide to get their children vaccinated to keep them safe. Then there is the thought that not getting your children vaccinated can not only affect your children’s health but also the other children whom they encounter. Whether choosing not to vaccinate your child due to fear of autism, choosing to vaccinate to help the children with medical problems, or vaccinating your child to protect all other children, there is a lot of research to be done.
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2 Many people believe that getting vaccinated can and will lead to autism in children. Approximately 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with Autism, that number is quite higher than it was in the 1990’s. Some people believe that the increasing number of vaccines containing a mercury compound called thinerosal is to blame for the increasing number of autistic children. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), by the year 2004 Britain’s immunization rate had dropped to only 80 percent, those numbers have only recently started to rise slowly. In the U.S. 40 percent of parents have skipped at least one of their children’s vaccinations due to various reasons. Researchers recently argue that after extensive research and testing,
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