The Childhood Vaccination Debate Imagine a disease that begins much like the flu but ends with painful fluid filled pustules covering large portions of one’s body that can rob one’s ability to see, eat, and breathe. Furthermore, according to Berkeley University’s news writer, David Koplow (2003) this disease “has caused more deaths than all the world wars combined” (para. 3). Now, imagine if one quick vaccination could prevent children from being at risk for such suffering and devastating. The description is that of Smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases in history, which is now eradicated by the development and use of vaccinations during childhood. …show more content…
The thought of watching a child suffer agonizing symptoms of a preventable disease contracted because parents intentionally and willfully opted out of childhood immunizations is even worse. The history of developing vaccinations proves that the eradication of deadly childhood diseases is possible, as in the case of Smallpox. However, vaccines only work for all children if parents do not opt out of having their children inoculated and are educated about actual side effects versus now refuted claims of a correlation between vaccines and Autism. The bottom line is simple. Vaccines work and have historically protected children and will continue to do so, but only if parents do the right thing by immunizing their children.
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