Vaccination And Measles Essay

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Melinda Gates said, "Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio" (Paulson, 2003) I can agree with that. After the birth of our first child, Paxton, my husband and I knew we wanted to do everything possible to protect our kids. Especially from diseases that are easily preventable and when there are vaccines readily available here in the United States. Living in the United States is truly a blessing because of the economy and infrastructure we have built. We have access to the most advanced technologies and medicines, as well as an abundance of doctors to treat us whenever we are ill. For a long time in America, measles was just something that happened to every kid once; now it is something that barely happens at all thanks to immunizations. Some places in this world are not so lucky, and measles is a killer that preys on the young. Many of these places have weak economies and no infrastructure. Doctors are scarce and medicines are second rate or unavailable altogether. How can there be such different worlds in such close proximity? According to the World Health Organization, over 95% of measles cases and measles related deaths occur in low income countries (WHO, 2009). Something we have for all practical purposes eradicated in the United States still ravages parts of the world. With the knowledge of how measles devastates other parts of the world, it shocks me how parents here in the U.S. still choose not to vaccinate their children.
Measles is a serious disease that threatens billions of people worldwide. It is notoriously known as one of the most contagious diseases that preys on humans. It seems like more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. . In fact, according to The Children’s Defense Fund, 89 Americans died in 1990 alone from measles (Liu and Rosenbaum, 1992). Measles is making a comeback here in the United States. The reason for the comeback is simple, children are not getting vaccinated. But why are these children not getting vaccinated? Rising vaccine costs are one reason. The Children’s Defense Fund states that the MMR, measles, mumps and rubella, vaccine rose from $9.32 up to $25.29 (Liu and Rosenbaum, 1992). Another reason is fear of adverse effect from shots and some people don’t vaccinate for religious reasons. This is still a free country and we all have the freedom to choose whether or not we want our children vaccinated. Although the majority of the deaths from measles are in other countries, that doesn’t mean children here in the United States are safe and don’t need to get vaccinated. Many people travel and can easily bring the disease home with them.
Some people choose not to vaccinate because of possible adverse reaction to shots. This is an understandable fear that most parents feel before vaccinating their children. Paxton, my oldest son had an adverse...

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