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             Each year approximately 1.5 millionchildren around the world die from vaccine-preventablediseases.   Unfortunately, vaccines are not available toeveryone especially in the poorer countries and not everyone understands theimportance of vaccination or choose to believe that they are bad for children.

  If every healthy child around the world werevaccinated it would stop the spread of disease and save a lot of lives.            With the help of vaccines, we caneradicate diseases from the earth, saving millions of lives around theworld.  According to the World HealthOrganization or WHO, “Global vaccination coverage has stalled at 86%,” and”Immunization averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year” (World Health Organization, 2017).  There is one disease that has been eradicatedfrom the earth and another that has been eradicated from the United States. With the help of vaccinations smallpox no longer exists and wasconsidered eradicated in 1980.

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  Polio hasbeen eradicated from the United States and according to the Centers for DiseaseControl or CDC, “Since 1979, no cases ofpolio have originated in the United States” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017).  There have been cases of people traveling tothe United States with Polio but no cases have originated here.  With the eradication of diseases, people will not be dying from themsaving millions of lives thanks to vaccinations.            In the United States, we have easyaccess to vaccinations in many different places like; doctors’ offices andpharmacies.  Other countries are not aslucky as us, some don’t even have access to hospitals or doctors making it hardto get the immunizations and putting the population at risk of illness anddeath.

  An article written by FolakeOlayinka states that “an estimated 18.7 millioninfants are not being reached by routine immunization services,” (Olayinka, 2016) this is happeningbecause it is not always easy to get to where the children and families arelocated.  Africa has a declaration signedby it ministries to show how committed they are to vaccinating their people andstopping the spread of disease.  Theareas with the lowest immunization rates are; Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan,Guinea and the DRC.

  Most of the peoplein the areas with low immunization rates are poor and uneducated.  Rising costs havebecome a big factor in the vaccination rates in Africa.  If there were more places to receivevaccinations creating easier access in Africa more children vaccinated and costwould be reduced so they would be able to provide more vaccinations to thosechildren.            Somecountries are finding ways to entice parents and caregivers to vaccinate theirchildren to help prevent disease and keep their population healthy.  In Australia,they have a ‘No Jab, No Pay/Play’ policy in place.  This policy keeps children who are notvaccinated from attending preschool and daycare centers and if a parent isreceiving child tax benefits and welfare payments they will not get theirchecks until their child is vaccinated.

 There was an infant in Australia who died from whooping cough because the mother didn’t know they had a booster shecould safely get while she was pregnant. The baby could not get the vaccination until she was 6 weeks but she passedaway at one month.  This death wasunnecessary and preventable just like many others around the world.  Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull,is looking to find more ways to get the vaccination rates up to 95% accordingto Jonathan Pearlman of the Telegraph in Sydney Australia.  If more countries put these types of policiesin place the vaccination rates would be higher across the globe.Anti-vaccination campaigns have led to a decline in thevaccination rates in the United States and around the globe.

  A big contribution to this was AndrewWakefield.  He was a British doctor thatmade a connection between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine and Autism.  In 1998, Wakefield said that the firstsymptoms of autism appeared in eight children one-month after receiving the MMRvaccine (Offit, MD, Gerber, & Plotkin, 2009).  Many people believed him and chose not tovaccinate their children for more than just MMR.

An article published by the “Infectious Diseases Society ofAmerica” describes how there are no studies that can verify whether or not theMMR vaccine has anything to do with autism (Offit, MD, Gerber, & Plotkin, 2009).  In the United Kingdom they found that eventhough the rate of autism diagnosis increased, there was no clustering of thediagnosis around the timing of receiving the MMR vaccine.  They also did not “observe a difference in ageat autism diagnosis between those vaccinated and not vaccinated or betweenthose vaccinated before or after 18 months of age” (Offit, MD, Gerber, & Plotkin, 2009).  Researchers in California and Canada foundthe same results as the researchers in the United Kingdom.

  After more extensive research with many morechildren than the first study, it shows that there is no real connectionbetween vaccines and autism.As more people and countries become proactive aboutvaccinations, more diseases will disappear from the world and fewer children will die each year.  The children are the ones suffering and dyingbecause of people who choose not to vaccinate or those who live in a place thatdoesn’t have easy access to vaccinations. It is important that countries keep working on helping their people becomevaccinated and that the countries who can help do.

  When healthy children around the world arevaccinated it is a safer healthier place for everyone to live.