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No vaccinations pose huge threat to American children

Jesse Mcclearia, Staff Reporter

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In 2014, the CDC reported 644 cases of measles in the United States, triple the amount of cases than in 2013. Last year also saw a thirty percent increase in the number of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases. The main reason for this increase, the CDC reports, is that less people are being vaccinated.

While measles is rare in the United Sates, it is still common in several other parts of the world. Travelers coming back from these foreign countries are often the cause of measles outbreaks in the United States. When the disease reaches a community in which a significant amount of individuals are not vaccinated, it can spread.

According to a study in Pediatrics, parents who use personal belief exemptions on school vaccination requirements often live very close together. California in particular, where most of the outbreaks have been seen, has a higher rate of unvaccinated children. In Marin County, California, for instance, researchers found that 17.9% of children are under-vaccinated.

This presents an extreme danger to children living in these areas. Infants and toddlers especially can suffer serious complications, or even die, when exposed to diseases like the measles or whooping cough, both of which have vaccinations.

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their child are not only putting their own child in danger, but every other child’s health in danger. Measles can gain a foothold in these vulnerable areas where a large percentage of the population chooses not to vaccinate their children, and even endanger children who are vaccinated. Because there is no vaccine that can be one-hundred percent effective, parents who choose not to vaccinate are putting everyone in danger.

For this reason, vaccines cannot be treated as a personal decision for the parent to make. Not vaccinating a child can not only mean the death of their own child, but also lead to the death of many other innocent children.

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No vaccinations pose huge threat to American children