Vaccines have become a hot topic in the news lately. Due to outbreaks of measles and other diseases, there has been a growing backlash against the anti-vaccination movement.
On one hand, it seems like that the decision to vaccinate a child should belong to the parents, and that it shouldn’t be anyone else’s business. However, the situation isn’t quite that straightforward. Choosing not to vaccinate doesn’t just affect your child and your family; It can affect the rest of the population as well.
There are some people who, for a variety of reasons, can’t receive vaccinations. Since they can’t be vaccinated, they are reliant on others to do so in order to eliminate the spread of the disease. It’s also believed that as the number of un-vaccinated people increases, the population’s “herd immunity” decreases. And as a result, diseases like measles – once thought to be essentially eradicated – have been making a comeback.
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