Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
"Although newborns receive antibodies from their mothers and therefore enjoy short-term immunity to many diseases, such immunity often lasts only a month and generally expires within a year. Moreover, mothers pass no protection to certain vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough.
Thus, to prevent large segments of the population from disease exposure, vaccination must occur at an early age. It is particularly crucial to immunize young children since their bodies are still developing, leaving them often incapable of fighting many diseases. Yet over 20 percent of pre-school children do not receive all needed vaccines, leaving them vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases."
"Closing the Vaccination Gap: A Shot in the Arm for Childhood Immunization Programs," www.ecbt.org, Aug. 2004
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Every Child By Two (ECBT) was founded by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers in 1991 as a result of the Measles epidemic that killed over 120 people, many of them children. Carter and Bumpers have been working on immunizations since their husbands were governors in the early 70's and have been credited with the passage of laws mandating school-age vaccination requirements...
Every Child By Two has assisted in the development of programs and coalitions throughout the nation that seek to increase immunization coverage rates. We are well respected for our ability to mobilize grassroots campaigns, affect state and federal public policy, and execute programs that have lasting positive effects on the nation’s public health system."
"The goals of ECBT are to raise awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations and to foster a systematic way to immunize all of America's children by age two. To forward its agenda, ECBT enlists the support of elected officials and their spouses, concerned community leaders, and representatives of many national organizations."