You should get Vaccinated

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You should get Vaccinated

Taylor Rhoades

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Everyone should choose to vaccinate their kids because vaccines have prevented thousands of diseases from occurring. There are so many benefit to vaccines, such as how they are safe and effective, how they protect, and how they can save money. Especially in schools, it is important for students.

According to the Tulsa Health Department, 91.5% of Tulsa Kindergartners are up-to-date on all vaccines. The rate is slowly increasing, but still is not sufficient enough to ensure the safety of all children. If one kid in a class is not vaccinated, he or she puts his classroom at a higher risk of diseases and sicknesses.

Although everyone should vaccinate their children, many parents choose not to. This is a problem because their child’s safety is in harm and as a result it can be their own fault for the illnesses their kids catch. Luke Swords (10) explains how it was not his decision whether to be vaccinated or not.

“It was my mother’s decision to not vaccinate me, “ Swords said.

To enter a school in any of the 50 states, it is state law that some type of vaccination is required, with different vaccines depending on the state. School nurse Tierney Dower explains the importance of vaccinations.

“Well for one it’s the state law,” Dower said. “They protect you from diseases starting to pop up again in our country”

If kids do not get vaccinated, some diseases that have no records of coming back can recur. An example of this is polio, which was once a very feared disease, but now present day there have been no reports of polio in America. However, there have recently been resurgences of measles and whooping cough due to lack of vaccinations for those certain diseases.

If schools do not obligate and require vaccines, they put both staff and students at risk. Everyone’s probability of catching new diseases increases. Though having the shot prevents most of a disease, someone who is not vaccinated can still put another in danger of catching that same disease they got a shot for.

Kate Myers (9) feels very strongly about kids in school being vaccinated.

“It keeps me safe,” Myers said. “I feel better knowing that both me and my classmates are at a lower risk of getting diseases than we could be.”

Vaccinations have very few flaws in their system, so it is important that as many students as possible can be exposed to them. They keep everyone healthy, kill many diseases from ever coming back, and are effective. It is the better choice to vaccinate than to not.

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