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Out breaks can still occur even with nearly forgotten diseases if children are not vaccinated. 2002 had the lowest school wide vaccination rate in CO and had the highest rate of whooping cough in the US (vaccines.procon.org)
Between 2011 and 2013, Wisconsin had over 7000 cases of whooping cough, while in California there were over 40,000 cases of whooping cough even though it is a vaccine preventable disease. (theverge.com)
In 2010, at least 10 infants died due to whooping cough in California. (theverge.com)
Most influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the U.S. and other countries are now resistant to Tami flu. It has become a nearly worthless vaccination against the disease yet it is still used and it is a waste of money. (mercola.com)
Many children who receive the hepatitis B vaccine find that it is completely unnecessary because it is a blood related disease and vaccines cannot do anything to prevent it. The only results found from it are that the only children that contract the disease are those who previously received the vaccination. (Vaccines.procon.org)
Use of vaccinations can cause a lower mortality rate due to disease.
According to the World Health Organization, between the years 2000 to 2012, measles vaccination lead to a 78% decrease in measles deaths.
If measles vaccinations were not available, about 2.7 million measles deaths would occur globally every year. (www.cdc.gov.)
Cases of Hib have declined by 98% since the release of Hib vaccination in 1987. (www.cdc.gov.)
Dr. Meryl Nass stated: "Many parents hold religious beliefs against vaccination. Forcing such parents to vaccinate their children would violate the 1st Amendment which guarantees citizens the right to the free exercise of their religion."
The First Amendment clearly grants all citizens of the United States of America freedom to practice whichever religion they choose. Many citizens" beliefs are against allowing people to receive vaccinations. By forcing American citizens to vaccinate their children and themselves, it is a direct violation of the First Amendment. (vaccines.procon.org/#arguments)
All fifty states require vaccinations to enter public schools, but 48 of them allow exemptions for religious reasons for this very reason! When students enroll, all they have to do is have their parent or guardian fill out a form stating that they do not allow the student to receive vaccinations because of religious reasons. (vaccines.procon.org/#arguments)
The college of Physicians of Philadelphia stated "Certain religions and belief systems promote alternate perspectives toward vaccination. Religious objections to vaccinations are based generally on" beliefs that the body is sacred, should not receive chemicals or blood or tissues from animals, and should be healed by God or natural means." (Historyofvaccines.org)
Not only this, but there are several mainstream religions that don't believe vaccinations are wrong, including Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The Catholic Church believes there is no good or proper reason to refuse a vaccination against a dangerous and contagious disease. (www.whyimmunize.org.)
Not vaccinating a child can affect more than just that child, and can endanger the lives of those around them.
29% of deaths of children between 1 to 59 months of age are vaccine preventable. This puts other children at risk of a lethal disease if someone chooses to not vaccinate their child (www.vaccinestoday.eu.)
Measles is an extremely contagious airborne disease that lives in the air for 2 hours, making it unavoidable to breathe in (www.vaccinestoday.eu.)
In 2008, a 7 year old boy's parents refused to get him vaccinated for the measles. He then infected his 9 year old sister and 3 year old brother, both of which were also not vaccinated for the disease. This then lead to 11 other children being infected, and 48 children too young to be vaccinated had to be quarantined for 21 days. (www.webmd.com)
Subsequent infection resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis, or hepatitis in individuals that received the vaccinations for Chicken-pox were reported. (Mercola.com)
Due to the MMR vaccine, (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine many severe side effects such as: measles inconclusive body encephalitis, febrile seizures (a type of seizure that occurs in infants and young children in association with fevers), and short-term joint pain were reported.
As stated by Dr. Mercola, "Anopheles, a severe, potentially life threatening allergic ration, is directly related to MMR, varicella zoster (chickenpox), influenza, hepatitis B, meaningful, and tetanus-containing vaccines."
Sever side effects are also very rare. About one in one hundred people report about severe side effects within six months of vaccination. It's riskier to not vaccinate and possibly contract a disease, than to vaccinate and risk having severe side effects that only 1 out of every 100 people get. (www.cdc.gov.)
Often times, vaccination side effects are minor. There may be pain and tenderness where injected, fever, and a stuffy nose. These are much better to deal with then your child potentially dying from a certain disease. (www.vaccines.gov.)
Vaccinations are vital to keeping children healthy, and can keep them healthy for over 50 years. (www.healthychildren.org.)
The majority of childhood vaccines are 90 to 99 percent effective at preventing diseases. (www.healthychildren.org.)
There are many countries that do not even have that many people in them!
In the U.S. alone, according to ProCon.org, "About 30,000 cases of adverse reactions to vaccines have been reported annually to the federal government since 1990, with 13% classified as serious, meaning associated with permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death." (vaccines.procon.org)
Over 5,500 cases alleging a relationship between vaccinations and autism were filed under the National Vaccine Compensation Program in the Us court of claims in a very short span of time. (vaccines.procon.org)
Hives, swelling of the mouth or throat, difficulty breathing, hypertension, shock/ collapse, screaming or crying for an extended amount of time, high temperatures, sleepiness, convulsions, and encephalopathy are all side effects commonly seen in infants due to vaccines.
There are also studies that show vaccinations do not lead to autism.
In 2001, 15 medical experts from the Institute of medicine found that no connection between measles mumps and MMR vaccine and autism existed. (news.nationalgeographic.com)
Mercury, the vaccine preservative thought to have caused autism, has not been used since 2001. (gizmodo.com.)
Scientists did a study in which they compared urine samples from 115 children from the general population, and 124 children either on the autism spectrum, with learning disabilities, or children that had siblings on the autism spectrum. They found that among the groups, there was no difference in the amount of heavy metals (lithium, cadmium, lead) in the urine samples. These heavy metals are also thought to cause autism from vaccinations. (gizmodo.com.)
Many vaccines are unnecessary because the rates for multiple diseases such as polio plummeted before the vaccine for it even came out because of better hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. (thepeopleschemist.com)
According to Shane Ellison, MS, between 983 and 1990, there was a 423% measles increase in vaccinated individuals then in 2006, the largest mumps outbreak occurred in 20 years due to the vaccinations. (thepeopleschemist.com)
The vaccinations for hepatitis B before puberty can cause the very same disease that the vaccine was preventing. It is better to allow nature to reinforce the immune system and help it along with natural means than to inject the disease into the individual and hope that it does not cause the same disease. (marioninstitute.org)
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