Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction Introduction Vaccines have been developed to prevent the spread of diseases that have serious effects on the world’s population. The more individuals that go unvaccinated the greater the chance that these diseases, that are easily preventable, are spread. The issue of vaccinating children has been a recent "hot button" issue and highly debated. Parents have many reasons for not vaccinating their children. More often than not, I have heard from parents who say that they refuse to vaccinate their children due to several reasons.
Vaccinating your child seems to be the question of the decade for many parents and families. Typically, parents usually follow their doctors advice and automatically get their children vaccinated. But now, almost every parent has heard these concerning and alarming side effects that may accompany vaccinations. Faced with conflicting information, there are many questions that arise from these concerns and parents do not want their children to catch any crucial illness but are also concerned about the risk and side affects of vaccines. Challengers have claimed that vaccines do not work, that they are or may be dangerous, or that mandatory vaccinations violate individual rights or religious principles.
“Today, 40 percent of American parents have chosen to delay or refuse a recommended or mandated vaccine for their children (Largent, 18)”. Many parents are too young to remember when communicable diseases could ravage a classroom or school. Polio could paralyze ten thousand children in a year. Rubella coul... ... middle of paper ... ...s teacher, classmates, friends and family members at risk. Immunization and vaccines save millions of lives each year.
Why the vaccine refusals reject to get vaccine to their children? How do the medical care workers correspond to reduce the vaccine refusals? Researching my claim that parents should not be allowed to refuse vaccination because vaccinating prevents the spread of infectious diseases has given me a better understanding of the cause of the vaccine refusals. I hope this research paper will be useful when I became a medical
I remember hearing that it was a particularly deadly flu, and thinking to myself I was going to die as I lay there feeling as if someone was using an ice drill on my stomach. Finally after a week of continual pain, our mother took us to the doctor in order to find out what was wrong with us. It was years later when I first heard of the Anti-vaccine movement, which completely baffled me at first and then led me to pay more attention to the details of the opposing side I believed in. I found out that this movement has been sweeping around the world, with many children being unvaccinated and having the higher risk of falling ill to the diseases vaccines are meant to protect against. The people who refuse to vaccinate their children based on the interesting notion that vaccines cause autism and other disorders or diseases are in fact causing more harm that could very likely result in an epidemic.
Why are parents not vaccinating their children against preventable diseases? Many infants and children are dying around the world due to preventable diseases. The parents of children in underdeveloped nations of the world are in need of vaccines. Vaccines are sent to these locations to help the people thrive. However, in the United States it is a different version, where parents demand their children not to be vaccinated.
This contentious hypothesis has many parents failing to vaccinate their children; this is especially true of many friends and family members of mine. They believe that vaccines can cause autism, and I want to prove otherwise. The CNN article, “The end of the autism/vaccine debate?” done by Rope (2010), talks about how Andrew Wakefield, suggested that the MMR vaccine might cause autism. In the article you also come to learn that a lawyer who was going to court on behalf of parents who believed that the MMR vaccine cased their child’s autism paid Wakefield. Wakefield was found doing unnecessary painful procedures on children, and in 2010 was banned from practicing medicine.
Ever since vaccines came about in the late 18th century, there has been major controversy. The scare of another outbreak common to the flu pandemic of 1918 (that wiped out more than 675,000 Americans) is what pushes the United States today to stay prepared. Since this outburst, America has put out countless vaccines, medications, and intensive care facilities. Whether or not vaccines should be mandatory is a hot topic currently. I believe that the United States should make it mandatory for citizens to get vaccinated.
Vaccines have the possibility of protecting people from infectious diseases and viruses. Some do not agree to vaccinate. Even though some are hesitant when considering vaccines because of perceived fears, everyone should receive vaccines to protect themselves from the harmful viruses and diseases, because scientists have provided information proving their safety, vaccines are able to protect people from viruses and diseases, and there are many benefits of vaccinations. Vaccinations have benefits to protect people from harmful diseases and viruses. Many people are cautious when considering vaccinations since one's health is important.
At the same time those who take the vaccines are less likely to endanger others with themselves or their children unvaccinated immune system. Leaving those who are unfortunate enough to be unable to get vaccinated themselves, prone to ailments and diseases that they are then exposed to, by not being around vaccinated people. If the controversy over anti-vaccination is not resolved then then it will stay the same, nothing will change. Both sides will continue argue on that their way of thinking right, they will most likely never see eye to eye. A way to help with this controversy is to educate society on what is real and what is fake.