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What are the pros and cons of immunizations?

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates that vaccinations saved the lives of 730,000 children in the United States between 1994 and 2014, and prevented 322 million cases of childhood illness during this same time period, reports ProCon.org. The primary con of vaccinations is that around one out of every million children experience a potentially life-threatening adverse reaction to an immunization.

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Another advantage of immunizing children is that it saves parents a lot of time and money, says ProCon.org. Every time a child gets sick with a preventable illness, the average parent loses 11 to 73 hours of wages due to missing work and spends $300 to $4,000 on medical expenses. Immunizing children also saves society a lot of money. The CDC estimates that immunizing children between 1994 and 2014 has saved the United States around $1.38 trillion by preventing medical expenses, lost productivity, disability and deaths.

A con of requiring that all children be immunized is that it infringes on medical and religious rights, reports ProCon.org. Other cons are that some individuals believe vaccinations contain harmful ingredients that can be damaging to health and cause diseases. Some people object to vaccinations on the grounds that they are unnatural, and allowing children to become infected by diseases and develop natural immunity is a better approach.

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