Is it a decision for government or parents?|
There is much debate regarding the necessity and safety of childhood vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a series of vaccinations that include 26 doses of various vaccinations before age 6. Each state regulates and enforces the requirements for childhood vaccinations in the United State. Some parents believe that vaccinations can be harmful and want the right to choose to raise their child without immunizations.
Since effective widespread immunizations have been accomplished, incidences of diseases have been significantly reduced. These diseases include smallpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps pertussis, polio, rubella, and tetanus. Some of these diseases, such as smallpox and polio, are non-existent in the United States. (Malone & Hinman, n.d.) Immunizations are most effective when a large percentage of the population is covered by the vaccination. The immunized can serve as a barrier for the few that are not vaccinated, because the incidence of encountering the disease is reduced. (Malone & Hinman, n.d.) A problem arises when a large percentage of the community is not vaccinated and diseases become evident. The CDC’s recommendations for immunizations have been proven to successfully protect individuals and communities from life-threatening diseases. The side effects from vaccinations are generally mild. They may include a sore arm or a low-grade fever,
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) promotes the rights of parents in the decision for childhood immunizations. They believe that there are significant risks that should be considered when facing the issue of immunizations. (National Vaccine Information Center, 2010) Some people believe that with the increase of vaccinations, we have seen an increase in diagnosis of symptoms of autism, ADHD, asthma, and sudden infant death. There...