Refusing to vaccinate your children should be considered child mistreatment

Refusing to vaccinate your children should be considered child mistreatment

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Let me make this quick for you:

Recently, a widespread belief has begun spreading across our nation. The belief is that vaccines, the act of injecting a dead or weakened illness into your body to immunize yourself, are dangerous and should not be applied. Many parents have accepted this belief, and are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

The problem is, this belief is misguided and dangerous. While there are medical circumstances in some cases that prevent immunization (in which case, special rules apply that allow the child to not be vaccinated), most children are health and could easily be vaccinated. These parents endanger their children by refusing to vaccinate them, proving them susceptible to diseases like the common cold and flu. They also endanger the lives of people around them who are not immune, by potentially spreading the disease. These parents and groups refuse to listen to sound science, using odd and inaccurate reasoning to defend such beliefs such as "Vaccines cause autism". 

I feel that, barring medical circumstances, this refusal to vaccinate will endanger the health of children, and possibly their lives as well as the lives of other children. Therefore, I believe that vaccination should be a legal requirement for any child living in the US, and refusing to do so should count as child mistreatment. This way, more children will be vaccinated and saved from possible death or injury due to these vaccines. 

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