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sydandjaz
Con (against)
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Danielle
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54 Points

immunizations for babies

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Started: 3/10/2008 Category: Health
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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sydandjaz

Con

its been many of times that i recall kids not getting sick untill they got a vaccine. if this is true something must be done .
Danielle

Pro

Is this for real?

Obviously vaccinations are a good thing; they save millions upon millions of lives every year - bottom line. That fact alone is enough for me to easily win this entire debate.

But to elaborate (for your sake), I'd just like to remind you that you're SUPPOSED to get sick from immunizations... at least a little bit. The whole point of a vaccination is to stimulate the immune system to fight off a particular disease/ virus/ bacteria/ infection as if it were a real threat. Your body (somehow genetically, miraculously) remembers the organism and is therefore better able to fight it off more quickly and on a much larger scale should it actually become a real threat.

While inside of the mother's womb, the unborn baby is protected by antibodies in the placenta to ward off any illness. If the baby is born and then breast fed, they reap the benfit of antibodies from the mother being passed through breast milk to offer further protection. However both of these things are temporary; it is important for a baby to be able to survive (i.e. overcome infection) without attachment to the mother... you can only breast feed a child for so long.

And bottom line: although some vaccinations may cause minor problems, such as a small rash or mild fever, the risks of immunizations are tiny - not to mention extremely rare - in comparison to the risks of the diseases / viruses / bacteria / infections that the immunizations are supposed to protect you from.
Debate Round No. 1
sydandjaz

Con

sydandjaz forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

Because my opponent forfeited the round, I'll just repeat the bottom line and main point: Although some vaccinations may cause minor problems, such as a small rash or mild fever, the risks of immunizations are tiny - not to mention extremely rare - in comparison to the risks of the diseases / viruses / bacteria / infections that the immunizations are supposed to protect you from.
Debate Round No. 2
sydandjaz

Con

sydandjaz forfeited this round.
Danielle

Pro

In conclusion,

1. Vaccinations help protect babies against deadly and destructive diseases, viruses, bacterium and other infections. In essence, they save millions upon millions of lives.

2. Vaccinations for babies (in particular) are necessary, because they eventually stop receiving antibodies from their mother (which they need for protection).

3. SOME vaccinations may cause MINOR complications, such as a rash or small fever, but in reality these "side effects" are infinitely better for a child than the threats that you are vaccinated for.

4. Most (sane) people feel a sense of moral obligation to vaccinate their children and protect them and their health/safety/well-being so long as they have the ability to do so. It helps that vaccinations are almost always covered by medical insurance or Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

5. On a final note, most if not all schools (and colleges) require their students to have vaccinations in order to attend.

Although I can make many more arguments for my position, I don't feel a longer list is necessary; my opponent failed to engage me in any type of real debate thus far. I thank you for this challenge, though, and hope I have helped my opponent to understand just some of the many reasons why vaccinations are essential to a child's life.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by candice 8 years ago
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I'd much MUCH rather my baby get a low grade fever for a couple of days, rather than die of polio, hepatitis, or ANYTHING, for that matter. Everyone should get they're babe's immunized. Come on people...pull your heads out.
Posted by kels1123 8 years ago
kels1123
Con , Look at how much longer people live now that we have vaccines.
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