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Vaccinations

Therearecurrently14vaccinationstoprotectchildrenfromdiseasesthatcancause
serioussicknessandevendeath.Somepeoplesaythatvaccinesshouldnotbemandatory
becausesomechildrenhaveseriousreactionstothem.Thesepeopledonothavetheir
childrenvaccinated.Thechildrenwhoarenotvaccinatedareathreattoothers,becausethey
cangetthesediseasesandgiveittoothers.Ithinkvaccinationsshouldbemandatory.Ithink
thatitisimportanttoachild'shealth.Thedatashowsthatthereisonlyaverysmallriskthat
childrenwillhaveproblemswiththevaccine.
Somepeopleareagainstvaccinatingtheirchildrenbecausesomechildrenhavehad
seriousandevenfatalreactionstothevaccines,Datacollectedfromthosewhohavebeen
vaccinatedshowsthatabout30,000childrenhavehadsometypeofreactiontothevaccines.
Only10%havehadseriousreactionstothevaccines.Thisnumberisonlyadropcompared
tothenumberofchildrenwhowouldhaveseriousorevenfatalreactionstothediseasesthat
thevaccinesprotectagainst.ThedirectoroftheCDCsimmunizationsafetyoffice,Frank
DeStefano,MD,MPH,statesthatanaphylaxis(asevereallergicreaction)isthemostcommon
sideeffectandthatthisoccursinoneperseveralhundredthousandtoonemillion
vaccinations.
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Peopleclaimthattheingredientsinthevaccinessuchasthimerosal,formaldehydeand
aluminumcanbeharmfultopeopleinlargedoses.Theamountofaluminuminvaccinesis
verysmallwhencomparedtotheamountinbreastmilkandinfantformulas.Today,withthe
exceptionofinactivatedfluvaccines,thimerosalhasbeenremovedorreducedtotrace
amountsforchildrenundertheageof6.Thismakesthevaccinessaferforthosewhoreceive
them.Also,theFDArequiresuptotenyearsoftestingforallvaccinesbeforetheyare

approvedtobegiven.EvenaftertheyareapprovedtheyaremonitoredbytheCDCandFDA
tomakesuretheingredientscontainedinthevaccinesareinsafeamounts.Todaychildren
areexposedtomorebacteria,viruses,andtoxicsubstancesinonedaythanarecontainedin
thevaccinestheyreceive.
Manymajormedicalorganizationsstatethatthevaccinesaresafe.Theseorganizations
includetheCDC,FDA(FoodandDrugAdministration),IOM(InstituteofMedicine,andthe
AmericanAcademyofFamilyPhysicians.Asamatteroffact,theUSDepartmantofHealth
andHumanServicesstatesthatVaccinesaresomeofthesafestmedicalproductsavailable.
TheMMRvaccineformeaslesmumpsandrubellahavebeengivensincethemid1940s
withoutadverseeffects.Alsotherehavebeenmanystudiesthatprovethatvaccinesarenot
responsibleforcausingsomeofthediseasesclaimed.

Vaccinessupporttheherd.Thismeansthatwhenthecriticalportion(percentof

peoplewhoneedtobevaccinatedtoprotecttheherd)ofthepopulationisvaccinated
againstadiseasethatiscontagiousitisunlikelythatanoutbreakofthediseasewill
happen.Thiswillprotectmostmembersofthecommunity.Thosechildrenandpersons
whocannotbevaccinatedduetoage,healthconcerns,orotherreasonssuchas
religiousbeleifsrelyonherdimmunitytopreventthemfromgettingthedisease.An
exampleofherdimmunityoccurredin2011.Therewere49USstatesthatdidnotmeet
the9294%herdimmunitythresholdforpertussisorwhoopingcough.Asaresultthere
wasanoutbreakin2012thatcaused42,000peopletobesickenedwithwhooping
cough.Thiswasthebiggestoutbreaksince1955andcanbeblamedonnotenough
peoplebeingvaccinatedtoprovidetheherdimmunity.

Vaccinesshouldbemandatoryforeveryoneexceptthoseexemptduetoageorhealth
concerns.Vaccineshavebeenremadetobesaferforeveryone.Theamountsofunsafe
substancesinvaccineshavebeendecreasetoverytinyamountsorremoved.Thishas
decreasedtheamountofseriousreactionstoaverytinyamount.Manyofthemythsthat
vaccinescauseotherdiseaseshavebeenprovenwrong.Manyimportantmajormedical
organizationssupportthevaccines.Also,weneedtohaveherdimmunitytoprotectallofus.
Thishasbeenprovenwiththeoutbreaksthathavebeenoccuringrecentlyduetosomanynot
beingvaccinated.Sohereisathought,OnlyyoucanpreventoutbreaksintheUSbygetting
vaccinated"