In this essay I will be discussing childhood inoculations, and whether or not I would inoculate my child as per the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations. Obviously there are different viewpoints and reasoning as to why someone would or would not vaccinate their child. People vaccinate their children in order to prevent them from getting certain diseases. That is the main reason. That and their doctors tell them they should. One of the main reasons people tend to not vaccinate their children is because a lot of people believe that inoculations cause autism.
I do not believe inoculations cause autism, and I would definitely, and have already, had my children vaccinated according to the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations as well as their pediatrician’s recommendations. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Vaccines do not cause autism. Despite much controversy on the topic, researchers haven't found a connection between autism and childhood vaccines. In fact, the original study that ignited the debate years ago has been retracted. Although signs of autism may appear at about the same time children receive certain vaccines — such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — this is simply a coincidence” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2010). The vaccines are generally safe, but do have minimal side effects on a regular basis, such as fever, soreness and/or a red bump where they gave the shot. These are minimal problems when thinking about what the inoculations are warding off. Many of the diseases are life altering, and some can be life ending. The strides we have made with inoculations are incredible. We’ve almost eradicated polio “thanks to major vaccination efforts. The number of cases of polio - a disease that once claimed the lives of millions of people and left almost 1000 children paralyzed every day - has dropped by 99 percent around the world. Global health experts once warned that India would be the hardest place to end polio, but the...
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