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Refusing Protection: The Decline of Childhood Vaccination in the U.S.

REFUSING PROTECTION The Decline of Childhood Vaccinations in the U.S. Thanks in part to a debunked study linking vaccines and autism, many parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated against common diseases. As the number of children inoculated against serious diseases falls, the risk to public health increases. Getting Their Shots? Nearly 1in 4 received all recommended vaccinations Children 19-35 who have not Percentage of U.S. children 19-35 months receiving vaccines 100 94% 92% 91% 91% 85 84% 80% Diphtheria, Pneumococcal Haemophilus conjugate Polio Measles Chickenpox Hepatitis B (MMR) tetanus, influenza pertussis vaccine type B Most distressingly, some of the diseases 100 most dangerous to young children are seeing vaccination rates fall. 2-year-olds vaccinated by year 93.5% 92% 90.6% 90.6% 87.2% 85.4% 2008 2009 2008 2009 2008 2009 Measles, mumps, Chickenpox Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough rubella Vaccination rates also vary widely depending on the state of residence. MMR vaccine rates by state (2012) VT WA RI мT ND MN OR NY SD ст MI WY NJ NE OH NV IL UT MD CA KS мо DC NC DE TN Ок SC AR NM AL GA MS FL 89.9 -94.2 86.8 - 89.8 82.1-86.5 Required for a Reason It's been a few generations since diseases like polio affected thousands of children every year. Maybe we've forgotten the immensely positive effect vaccination programs had on publichealth. Reported cases of select vaccine-preventable diseases POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE 350,000 319,124 POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE on of polioeyedt rases esy proporte hs) o nd 3 (Oppro tates and focs ide ele prabih pengwtt areeon 200,000 120,718 100,000 50,000 15,216 33,300 212 5,796 0 486 1950 | 2011 Diphtheria 1950 2011 1950 2011 1950 2011 1950 2011 Measles Pertussis Polio Tetanus (whooping cough) (paralytic) The risk is serious: Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has seen something of a resurgence in recent years after infection rates plummeted in the 1970s. Whooping cough cases by year 150,000 120,718 90,000 15,216 30,000 17,749 4,249 4,195 7,796 1950 1962 1970 1986 1996 2011 3 million Annual deaths prevented by vaccinations = 1,000,000 Making the Case The 3 million deaths prevented every yearthanks to vaccines should be enough to convince you, but if not, consider: Most vaccines given to children are Vaccines prevent 90%-99% 10.5 cases effective against of infectious preventing the diseases million each year. disease. 1,000,000 "Herd immunity" can only be achieved when The benefits far outweigh the risks; a few people getting side effects is worth 75% 94% eradicating an infectious disease. of a population are immunized. Those electing not to be hurt the entire group. The popular belief that vaccinations cause autism in children is false and not backed by scientific research. SOURCES • • • • lululuulu

Refusing Protection: The Decline of Childhood Vaccination in the U.S.

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One of the most important decisions a parent can make is whether or not to vaccinate their child. From simple shots like Polio and Tetanus, to the controversial Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine, more par...


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