Should Parents have the right to not vaccinate their children?
Should parents have to right to say whether their child should be vaccinated or should it be automatically required? Many parents do vaccinate their children; however there are some that are against putting foreign substances in their child’s body. If parents choose not the have their child vaccinated then how do they go about getting them into school because most schools require students to have a number of vaccinations before they can even start kindergarten.
There are required and recommended immunizations. Required immunizations are ones that are required by state laws and recommended immunizations are recommended by your healthcare provider and are not required for students to start school. Some of the required vaccinations needed before a student starts kindergarten are: polio, DTaP, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (Information for Parents).
The Polio vaccination is still gave today because polio is still present in some oversea countries and there is a slight possibility that it could arise back in the United States. Most people should get the polio vaccine when they are children. Children should be vaccinated with four doses of IPV at the following ages: a dose at 2 months, a dose at 4 months, a dose at 6-18 months, and a booster dose at 4-6 years (Children's Vaccines Health Center). The vaccination use to be given orally but has recently was switch to a shot. Getting the vaccination will not cause you to get polio because the use a dead form of the virus.
DTaP is the vaccination for three deadly diseases, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis). Diphtheria is a respiratory disease that can cause breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and death. It's highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Tetanus, or lockjaw, is caused by a bacterium often found in soil. Once it enters the body it releases a toxin that...
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