Children's Immunizations

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Research Paper By: Chanda Hackman

Children's Immunizations

Immunization slows down and stops disease outbreaks. For the last one hundred years people have lived longer and healthier lives due to antibiotics and immunizations. I strongly agree with the use and continuing of vaccinations. I am very passionate about this subject and I hope to make a point about this topic. I believe it protects society as a whole and most importantly it saves children from untimely and unfortunate deaths. Children should be vaccinated to prevent and to control disease.

Vaccination (Latin: vacca-cow) is so named because the first vaccine was derived from a virus affecting cows. It is the administration of antigenic material (a vaccine) to produce immunity to a disease. Vaccines can prevent or ameliorate the effects of infection by many pathogens. In comparison Immunizations are an effort to protect against infectious disease by using the process of artificial induction of immunity. This works by priming the immune system with an immunogen. In general, vaccination and immunization have the same meaning.

Several diseases which have been controlled in the past have been controlled through the use of vaccinations. However, the diseases are not fully gone because without continuing the vaccination program these diseases could reappear. Some parents believe that the vaccinations can cause other complications or the disease itself. However, this is not true because the vaccination contains a non- active form of the virus or disease and cannot cause the body to contract the disease. Parents must protect their children from contracting deadly diseases which are preventable through immunizations.

If you choose not to have your child vaccinated you are putting your own child at risk along with others in the community, such as children (less than one year) that are too young and cannot be vaccinated. There are others as well with medical conditions like...
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