Essay On Vaccines Pros And Cons

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In today’s world vaccines are mandatory for all babies and school-aged children who plan to actually attend school and college in the United States. There are several Pro’s and Con’s but for the purpose of this paper I am going to stick with 2 of each. The pros of vaccines are one that the ingredients, such as thimerosal, formaldehyde, and aluminum, can be harmful in large doses but they are not used in harmful quantities in vaccines. Children are exposed to more aluminum in breast milk and infant formula than they are exposed to in vaccines. Paul Offit, MD, notes that children are exposed to more bacteria, viruses, toxins, and other harmful substances in one day of normal activity than are in vaccines. With the exception of inactivated flu vaccines, thimerosal (a mercury compound) has been removed or reduced to trace amounts in vaccines for children under 6 years old. The FDA requires up to 10 or more years of testing for all vaccines before they are licensed, and then they are monitored by the CDC and the FDA to make sure the vaccines and the ingredients used in the vaccines are safe. The second would be that it protects their herd immunity. Herd immunity (or…show more content…
Vaccinations aren't just for you, but the community as well, it saves lives, and it prevents disease, which is better than having to treat the disease itself. If you get a vaccination, there is less chance of you passing it on to someone else. There are people that can't get vaccinations, either for religious or medical reasons. If everyone in their community gets vaccinations, these people who can't get vaccinations are protected also. Vaccinations can simply save lives. It prepares the immune system for the viruses out there that can prove fatal to us. Yet vaccines don't make the body sick. Preventing disease is better than treating the disease itself. Treatment can cost thousands of dollars, while a simple vaccination can be covered by

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