Vaccines

The necessity to vaccinate newborns and young children

With the today’s growing population and increase of international travel, infectious diseases are spreading more rapidly than ever before in time. From the moment each of us is born, doctors whisk us away from our new parents to vaccinate us, as long as the parents provide consent. After arriving home from the hospital, a newborn baby is recommended to receive vaccination at least once every two months in order to build up the immune system. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in just the first nine months of life, babies should be immunized for the following infectious diseases: Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Tetanus, Pneumococcal conjugate, Inactivated Poliovirus, and Meningococcal. Pediatricians around the country encourage parents to vaccinate their children regularly, however current laws relating to the issue do not require parents to immunize their children.

According to the World Health Organization, measles have resulted in 2.6 million deaths a year. Measles vaccinations resulted in a 79 percent drop in measles-caused deaths between the years 2000- 2015 worldwide; however, in 2015, only 85 percent of the world’s children received at least one dose of the vaccine before their first birthday. As…