Infants are unable to get the needed vaccines until they reach the proper ages which leaves them at a higher risk of contracting a disease or infection. If more people were immunized it would create a safeguard for those who are too young or sick to be vaccinated.
The current status of required vaccinations in the United states is at the state and local level.
In all 50 states, certain vaccinations are a requirement for child care facilities, public and private schools, and some medical professions (CDC, 2016). However, all states allow religious and/or personal-belief exceptions except California, Mississippi, and West Virginia. But in the states that it is easier to get exemption do have higher rates of disease spread (Haelle, 2016).
It is estimated that vaccines are successful 90-99% of the time. More specifically when vaccines are given to children it helps them develop immunity to the targeted disease. As stated before, vaccines are not 100% effective which can sometimes lead to the child still getting the disease. However, when a vaccinated child does get sick he/she usually gets symptoms that are less serious than someone who has not been vaccinates (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008). This shows that vaccines do help the body create immunity and recognition to the disease and fights it off better than someone who has never encountered the disease before.
Vaccines are given to children to help them develop immunity to the targeted disease. Many childhood diseases have been eradicated due to decades of vaccinations.
Diseases like smallpox and almost polio have gone extinct. Smallpox is no longer vaccinated because it has been eradicated for nearly 40 years and no longer occurs naturally. Another vaccine preventable disease is measles. This disease is highly contagious especially in children. Due to vaccinations, child deaths from measles has decreased by 74%.
Nevertheless, there are still cases of this disease being spend among communities. Sarah Schultz, a registered nurse and pro-vaccinations’, wrote in her blog “Just last week a case of measles has been confirmed not 2 hours from where we live from a teenager who brought it back from a trip to the Netherlands. Within a week the number of confirmed cases is at 13 and on week 2 that number was 19 and it was just confirmed that all 19 people who contracted measles had NOT been vaccinated” (Schultz, 2015).
Out of all the people in this community who had contact with this infected individual only the ones who were not vaccinated against the disease where affected. Schultz story shows that vaccinations helps lessen the spread of disease and how easily it can come into a country and affect the people around you.