Although sitting there through your child’s vaccination meltdown can be just as painful for you as it is them and the fear of these routine vaccines doing more harm than good, choosing to vaccinate children has led to 93% to 100% elimination of many childhood diseases in the U.S. (Vaccines.gov). Today we protect children and teenagers from around 16 diseases that can have a horrible effect on these children without them being vaccinated against them. If parents choose to skip these vaccinations, they put their child at greater risk for a potentially life-threatening disease. Immunization schedules are meant to protect vulnerable patients from disease. If you choose to wait to give the vaccine, you might miss the window when the child is most vulnerable for catching the disease.
People also believe that if they do not have the disease that they have no need to receive the vaccine (Franklin). “The thinking goes: Why take a chance and vaccinate my child for a disease he or she won't get, or at the worst will cause nothing more than a rash” (Franklin). Many people do not want to spend money and time on vaccines if a chance exists that their child will not get the disease or virus (Franklin). Most people are unaware about vaccines. Some may think that they do not need to receive the vaccine because there is a possibility they will not get the virus or disease (Franklin).
Nurses and doctors disagree with that view because by making vaccination rates in children incomplete, the risk of exposing children to contracting the vaccine-preventable diseases is higher. If this is a risk some parents are willing to take, but others face unwillingly, there is something to be dabated. Every parent is concerned with their child’s health. However, this concern can take several directions. While some parents are convinced that vaccines have been invented to prevent the human-to-human transmitted diseases, which otherwise can have serious health consequences on children and adults, other parents are certain that it is the vaccines themselves that pose a risk to their children’s health.
Families are being bombarded with stories about the dangers of vaccines like how sick their child can get and the illnesses and crucial diseases it may cause them. But on the other hand, you have society that is considered to be at an “at risk” condition when there are families that are not being vaccinated. So, protecting the society that we live in and the environments that we are constantly around may become dangerous and possibly deadly. Children are suffering because parents are more frightened by vaccines than by the disease they prevent. Although some families chose not to vaccinate, other families are skipping mild vaccinations while others vaccinations are designed to prevent potentially life threatening illnesses.
There may be some side effects to some of the vaccinations, but it is not worth risking not vaccinating them. It is unsafe to assume that herd immunity will wipe out the risk of catching the disease as so many parents today are not having their child vaccinated. I feel that it is a good idea that under most circumstances, vaccination against infectious diseases should be made compulsory for all children. In a situation when a child is more likely to react very badly to a particular vaccine, alternative methods could be used. But I feel it important that children of today are all immunised so that, in the future, hopefully, such diseases would not be a threat to the children of tomorrow.
Further downsides to receiving exemptions are that parents may have a hard time getting their child into certain schools, and pediatricians have been known to deny care to an unvaccinated child (Null and Feldman). One argument in support of vaccines is that once received, the child’s immune system is strengthened, and the next time the child comes into contact with that particular disease he/she will be able to fight against it. However, studies have shown that disease outbreaks still occur in fully vaccinated areas. Dr. William Atkinson, an epidemiologist for the CDC, when examining a large measles outbreak, admi... ... middle of paper ... ...e this potentially risky decision after weighing the pros and cons. Parents, not the state, are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of this decision.
Vaccines Recently the number of parents who are intentionally delaying their children’s general vaccinations is increasing. The controversy that is causing the number of delayed vaccinations to go up is based on the fact that there are negative articles connecting them to autism and other similar diseases. When parents are researching vaccinations and they read those negative articles, those articles make them believe that vaccines cause autism. Vaccines are important because they protect humans from preventable diseases and getting them could save human lives. Vaccines are important throughout life no matter what some research suggests.
Now, health care officials may oppose that view based on the grounds that children will be exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases if not vaccinated. Since this is a risk that parents are willing to take, yet others are against then there is an obvious debate at hand. Which is why I’m in agreement for vaccinations being mandatory. So,
Many studies have been lead to show that autism is not caused by vaccines. Therefore, if a parent is considering not vaccinating a child due to this reason, then they need to reconsider. However, it is understandable that a parent is simply taking precautions and thinking of what is best for their child. These lies about autism and vaccines should be put to rest in order to continue the successful avoidance of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many fibs of the side effects of vaccines are always being told; however, a frequent concern of vaccines causing autism has been refuted.
The immune system works as an attack system in the body against foreign invaders. By injecting the vaccine, the body is tricked into having the infection which allows the body to prepare itself incase that infection enters the body again (Immunization1). Although they are effective in an average immune system, weakened immune systems are not as effective, and could be potentially fatal. “This is most threatening to individuals whose immune systems are weakened, such as individuals with leukemia. Children with leukemia are advised not to take the oral polio vaccine because they are at greater risk of developing the disease.