Annotated Bibliography

Kip Randall’s, “Kansas, Please Protect Our Children: Why Kansas Should Remove the Religious Exemption for Mandatory School Vaccinations”, expresses the concern of raising rates of vaccine preventable diseases in the state of Kansas. With the religious exemption law of children not having to get vaccinated, Randall proposes that “By having a medical- exemption-only mandatory vaccination program, exemptions will decrease and vaccination rates will increase so that Kansas school children will be much better protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.” (1254) Randall supports his argument with data that shows alarming outbreaks of diseases: “In 2012, the entire United States had just over fifty reported measles cases-and Kansas reported thirty-seven.” As well as, “Kansas’s measles cases made up well over one-half of the nation’s total cases and the mumps cases made up one-fifth of the nation’s cases, Kansas’s measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination rate among children in kindergarten was just 90 percent.” If the religious exemption is lifted, outbreak rates will decrease. More children will get vaccinated making it safer in school and in the community.

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4 responses to “Annotated Bibliography

  1. I think your annotation included the most important pieces of information from the source. I think the quote “measles have been significantly more prevalent in Kansas than in other states.” is really important to emphasize how the religious exemption act in Kansas is directly to blame, and its having an extreme effect on the rates of these diseases.

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  2. Your annotation includes a lot of good elements that an annotation needs, like the author and title of the source and an explanation of the sources information. You included quotes from the source that help to support your argument, as well as an explanation of where the information in the source came from, which increases the sources validity.

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