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A measles vaccination protects children from contracting the complications that can last a lifetime and even possible death.  Samantha knows all too well, after receiving a phone call from her son’s school. The phone call was informing her that they were shutting the school down, and she needed to come pick up her son Lucas.  The problem was that another unvaccinated student had come to school while infected with the measles.  She immediately rushed to pick up Lucas and was told the school was instantly shut down and to not bring him back until they contact all parents.  The school reopened two days later, however Lucas and many other children were not allowed back because they were unvaccinated.  This is another reason why the vaccination should be mandatory before entering school.  Ask Samantha if she wished she had got the vaccination for Lucas since she came to find out that Lucas did indeed test positive for the measles after the outbreak from his school.  She wishes she would have done things differently, especially after Lucas eventually passed away from complications caused by the measles.  That is why mandating parents to have the children receive the vaccination can prevent this from happening to their own child.

The measles are very dangerous because it is easily transmittable.  Measles is a virus that can live in mucus from either the nose or throat.  It is highly contagious and is able to be spread through the air by an infected person coughing and sneezing.  The virus can stay in the airspace for up to two hours after they have sneezed or coughed.  Just by breathing in that airspace or by touching an infected surface, then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose you can instantly be infected. (Measles)  Measles side effects can start with a sore throat, fever, runny nose, cough, or even red eyes.  Which can then be followed by a rash that can turn into complications like brain damage, diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infection, and death.  In order to prevent this happening to your child the best vaccination is the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella).  The Center for Disease Control (better known as the CDC) explains that they “recommend that children get two doses of the vaccine.  The first dose should be at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose should be administered before entering school at 4 through 6 years of age.”  (Make Sure Your Child is Immunized).  Measles is a disease no parent should mess around with.  Every parent wants to keep their child safe and every parent has the right to do so.  Which is why there should be mandatory vaccination for children attending schools.  A parent wants to know that they don’t have to worry about disease falling on their child when they are at school.  Your child coming home with a cold or flu or something like that is understandable, but the measles is not.  Especially knowing it is a preventable sickness.  Getting the vaccination could actually save lives, in just one year it can prevent 33,000 deaths in just the U.S. and between 2 and 3 million deaths worldwide.  It is key that all students come to school knowing they are in a safe place.  No parent wants to drop their child off to school knowing they could catch this deadly disease.  In the article on benefits vs. risks state that, “Experts have agreed that immunization is key to staying healthy “(Smith).  From dates 2001 to 2013, the number of measles reported in the United States were in the 200 range.  In 2014, 667 people in 27 different states were reported to have the measles.  In 2015 it was reported over 190 people had been infected in the United States of America alone per the Center of Disease Control.  However with all the facts some parents still want to keep their children from being vaccinated.

There are multiple reason why parents believe that their child does not need to be vaccinated.  One reason is “safety concerns” because they assume it can cause their child damage “such as allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism, and other gross motor issues.” (6 reasons to say no to vaccination).  Another reason is, parents suspect pharmaceutical companies are just out for their money.  They also believe that the vaccination contains toxics and arsenic along with other dangerous chemicals. Also another reason which is actually the most common reason is religious they do not recommend getting children vaccinated, due to religious beliefs. Other reasons parents do not get their children vaccinated is due to personal beliefs, and they desire for more sources in the health care department. According to the University of Washington School of Law, USA report that the numbers of parents that are refusing immunizations for their children are increasing and they are seeking for legal sanctioned exemptions because they fear the vaccines more than the underlying disease. The parents that choose not to get their child vaccinated still believe that their child should be allowed in school.  The question is should they?  In an article, Bryan Dewan, reported that “An Elementary School had a measles outbreak after a trip oversea. 55 percent of the student body was ineligible to attend school the next day, because according to school records, 124 students out of 225 lack the proper vaccination against measles.”

Every parent wants their child to attend school and get their education, but every parent also wants their children to be safe at school.  No parent wants to receive that phone call telling them their students is sick, especially from an epidemic outbreak of the measles, and especially by something that is completely preventable.  It is understandable that people want the right to choose what to do to their children, however those choices should not have a negative effect on all the other children.  Not vaccinating their child does not just affect them and their family, but it affects others in the surrounding environment.  The newborn babies who are not able to be vaccinated before the age of one are at risk, people with cancer and people with weak immune systems area also at risk explains Tara Smith, associate professor of Epidemiology at Kent State University.  Getting your children immunized protects them as well as your family and loved ones.

That is why there are those parents who make sure their children are vaccinated. They want to ensure not only their children’s safety but those who will be surrounded by them. When a person gets the measles, they can easily spread it to other people. “Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.” (“Measles, 2010).  Sometimes, it is already too late and the person has infected others around them only causing more mayhem because now those newly infected can infect others; it is a scary viscous cycle. Because the symptoms don’t show right away, the person may not even realize they have it and by that time, they could have already gave it to another person. In this case, a child may give it to another child. Renee DiResta stated, “Most people (82 percent) believe that immunizations should be required for school.” Parents should not be the only ones that care for their children safety, schools should care about the children attending as well as their faculties. Faculties could be surrounded by those children for up to eight hours a day. This is another reason why schools should make it mandatory that every student is vaccinated.

Parents who do not want to force the vaccination on their child should not and do not have to there is another option; which is homeschool. Having your child that you do not want vaccinated will help insure their safety and others. The only people that will be around that child is the parent. They will be able to still get their education, and you do not have to worry about your child spreading or receiving the measles. Home schooling might be a good option for parents who are absolutely against vaccines, which can happen. “While every state has immunization requirements, almost all allow parents who object to vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons to opt out. California, Mississippi, and West Virginia stand alone in offering only medical exemptions. Yet while parents of public school students may claim an exemption and bypass the state’s vaccination requirements for their children, homeschooled students in most states are not subject to these vaccination requirements to begin with, and even when they are, they are rarely required to submit documentation showing proof of immunization or registering a religious or philosophical objection.” (“Homeschool Immunization Requirements, 2013).

Before making your decision whether or not to get your children vaccinated you should seek reliable scientific evidence, as well as have access to trained health professionals. While speaking to a health profession they can talk about their concern about the vacation. If you still do not feel comfortable make sure to check all the facts and research that has been done. It is important to research about the vaccinations, but in doing so, it is important to check the benefits as well as the cons. Once a parent finds some cons about the vaccination, it is then suggested that he or she talk to a doctor to make sure that the information that they found was valid. Also, some side effects may be very rare and never happen, so it is important to ask all of these ryes of questions when talking to the doctor. That is one way to figure out whether or not the vaccination is worth the risk. Overall, getting your child vaccinated will in fact not only protect your own child, but it will protect the people around your child such as friends, family, and classmates. Getting your child vaccinated can literally save their life and that is the most important thing.

Annotated Bibliography:

“Measles and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It.” Smith Tara. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Oct. 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/measles.html

“Measles Found In California School With Low Levels of Vaccinated Kids.” Dewan Bryan. Think Progress, 31 Mar. 2016, https://thinkprogress.org/measles-found-in-california-school-with-low-levels-of-vaccinated-kids-e53801fbe858

“Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 April 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/features/measles/

“Measles.” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Mar. 2017 https://www.vaccines.gov/diseases/measles/

“Measles (Rubeola).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 03 Mar. 2017. Web. 01 May 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/measles/

“Fact or Fiction Benefits vs. Risks.” Immunize For Good, 9 May 2017. http://www.immunizeforgood.com/fact-or-fiction/benefits-vs.-risks

“Homeschool Immunization Requirements.” Coalition for Responsible Home Education. N.p., 07 June 2016. Web. 05 May 2017.

“Six Reason to Say NO to Vaccination.” Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, 10 April 2017 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/six-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccination/

“This Dramatic Graph Shows How the Pro-Vaccine Movement Can Win.” DiResta Renee. Slate, 14 April 2017. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2017/04/this_dramatic_graph_shows_how_the_pro_vaccine_movement_can_win.html

“Vanishing vaccinations: why are so many Americans opting out of vaccinating their children?” University of Washington School of Law, USA. National Center of Biotechnology Information, 9 May 2017.