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Child Vaccinations
Child vaccinations are a big parental controversy in the United States if not around the world. There are risks to consider in any medical procedure including routine vaccinations. Many parents around the nation are concerned about the mental and physical health of children. Vaccines have proved to diminish the spread of many diseases. Routine immunizations have been a way of life in our nation for more than forty years. The medical industry has made it easier for people to be given these periodical shots. Research and developments have lessened the amount of shots a child is given at one time. The risks of childhood vaccinations are common for almost all medications. A reported reaction to an immunization shot is very rare. However, in many of the cases that have been reported, the reaction was as minor as swelling and redness near the injection site. Although the risks are low every parent should be well-informed before making the decision to have their child receive vaccinations. The rewards of getting your child vaccinated out way the risks substantially. Many of the shots children take are combined immunities in one shot. The reason for this is so the children have fewer shots to take in their lifetime. The DTP shot consists of three different vaccinations. The DTP shot is combined of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis. Diphtheria is a deadly respiratory infection. Diphtheria was a major epidemic in the United States before vaccines were routine nearly 175,000 people contracted this infection (Howard). Tetanus is an acute infectious disease contracted through a penetrating wound. Pertussis is best described as whooping cough. The MMR vaccination also contains three different vaccines, measles-mumps-rubella. These are all diseases that can be life threatening to children and adults. The…...

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