By: Nick Blackford
Why are vaccines good?
- If a large population is vaccinated, herd immunity is reached. (Brittanica)
- It is vital for a community to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of diseases. (Brittanica)
- Most of the 145,700 people that died from measles in 2013 were unvaccinated kids under the age of 5. (Sirs)
- Nearly 95% of children are vaccinated against measles. (Amanda Paulson)
- Some anti-vaccine advocates create fear with bogus science through statements. (Charles C. Haynes)
- Once you start missing opportunities to vaccinate, there is a likelihood that you'll never catch up. (Sumathi Reddy)
Why are vaccines opposed by parents?
Vaccines Could Be Bad?
- All 50 states allow medical exemptions to vaccines and 48 allow religious exemptions. (Charles C. Haynes)
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine schedule, children should get vaccinated for 14 different diseases by age 6. (Sumathi Reddy)
- Parents are worried that all the vaccines given to their children could cause diseases such as autism. (USA Today)
Summary of Issue
Overall, many parents have stopped giving their children vaccines due to the scare of what it will cause. Although these people are causing the outbreak of things like measles, they still refuse to get the vaccine. The big problem is that if you don't vaccinate, it is very hard to catch up on all of them.