To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
The topic I chose for discussion is whether I would chose to follow the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) recommendations for having my child vaccinated against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Although no federal laws exist for mandatory vaccinations, each state has a group of required vaccines for children, prior to the enrollment in public and some private schools. So basically, if you’d like your child to go to school, they must be vaccinated. Forty eight of our fifty states allow for religious exemptions and all 50 states allow medical exemptions, such as allergies to certain ingredients. These exemptions allow certain students to go to school without the required vaccines. The required
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That being said, I can also understand how mothers of children with Autism or ADHD would do everything in their power to figure out how their child came to be affected by these conditions, and how blaming the vaccines could be a logical explanation. Many studies have been done to try and prove this theory, with not much success. The CDC states that claims linking vaccinations and autism are false. In 2007, the CDC ruled that “the theory of vaccine related causation of autism is scientifically unsupported”. The Mayo Clinic also addresses these concerns on its website, they state:
“Vaccines do not cause autism. Despite much controversy on the topic, researchers have not found a connection between autism and childhood vaccines. In fact, the original study that ignited the debate years ago has been retracted”
The federal government has also had a part in this debate. In 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed in response to a growing number of lawsuits being filed, claiming that the vaccines were causing adverse reactions and even death in some children. This act outlined drug safety Information, labeling requirements, exporting of drugs, proper administration, and limiting compensation from drug manufacturers to patients claiming adverse reactions.
Finally, in a landmark ruling on August 27, 2010, in the case of Cedillo v.

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