Vaccinations are known to be one of the worlds greatest medical achievements. There seems to be one for every disease discovered, form the flu and even the one used to help eradicate Polio. Vaccines have not only kept prior generations away from certain diseases, they have been proven to be very effective. There has always been oppositions to vaccines, some that date back to the early 1800s. The first smallpox vaccine frightened many parents due to the fact that it included scoring the flesh on a child's arm, and inserting lymph from the blister of a person who had been vaccinated about a week earlier ("Opposition to Vaccines Has Existed as Long as Vaccination Itself.” sec.
The first vaccine was created in 1796 for smallpox, since then the last outbreak for a deadly disease was in the mid 1900's (procon.org 6).Today, the public school system is requiring children to be injected with a disease that is no longer mass population threat in the current century, also this is despite what parents have to say. The attended result of a vaccine is so the immune system recognizes the disease that was prior injected and can later fight it off if necessary. The required vaccines are not only absurd but ludicrous, being as vaccines do not provide the child with full immunity only partial. A child naturally contracting the disease gives them full immunity, while the vaccine only gives the child partial immunity. Requiring vaccines are pointless not only because they are partial immunity but they are also usually specific to one strand of that virus.
The first major development in vaccines came in the late 1700s with the discovery of the vaccine that gave immunity from smallpox. After much research and discovery, vaccines have given nearly the whole world protection from once feared diseases such as measles, diphtheria, rubella, polio, and mumps and have led to the total elimination of others diseases such as smallpox (Riedel, 2005). The reason the number of childhood deaths from d... ... middle of paper ... ...efeat disease. Once the body has cleared itself of infection, the immune system will "remember" the infection and grow stronger. Children from birth to age five are the most vulnerable to bacterial and viral infection.
In rare cases children have became sick after immunizations, some life threatening. Because of vaccine safety and studies, the change in affordability of the vaccines, and recent decreasing results of major disease outbreaks, vaccines are helping keep children and our society safe. When a possibility of a new vaccine is made it first has to be presented to the Food and Drug Administration to be approved. The FDA is one of the companies that perform the scientific testing to make sure it is a safe vaccine. By understanding the body’s immune system, the scientist is able to make the vaccine more effective and less abrasive.
An example of this is the DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus) vaccine. Infants are meant to receive at 2/3/4 months. However, there are several side effects that parents fear, although very unlike to occur, they are very drastic and have stopped parents have letting their children have the vaccine. People have also been unsure about the effectiveness of the diphtheria vaccine, infact when the vaccine was once compulsory; there was a 17... ... middle of paper ... ...errible diseases that could harm them, and since the vaccines have been introduced, there have been lower death rates in children. There may be some side effects to some of the vaccinations, but it is not worth risking not vaccinating them.
Not only are they beneficial to yourself, but also the rest of the population. Therefore, parents should be required to get their children vaccinated. Vaccines are a training for your body helping it to learn how to fight disease without actually having the symptoms. Antibodies are created in response to a disease
To illustrate, according to the government guidelines one way a child would receive a medical exemption is if they had a severe or life-threatening reaction to a certain vaccine. However, most children would never have been exposed to the chemicals found in vaccines so it would be impossible for parents to know beforehand if their child would react badly to the vaccine. Nonetheless, to prove that your child would have a severe reaction to vaccines, the child would first have to receive it to show it reacted badly. Therefore, this process somewhat defeats the purpose and may lead to irreversible consequences. 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).
A vaccine is a substance that is an antibiotic that is used to help prevent or cure someone of a particular disease. Just like most medicines, vaccines can have minor or major side effects. These effects have caused a large debate between parents and doctors about how serious these effects could be. In the United States, from the day you are born you will start receiving vaccines to help prevent and cure illnesses, but these vaccines may be more harmful to a person then it is meant to be. Before you give birth to your child, one of the many things you need to think about is whether or not you will be allowing a doctor to vaccinate your child.
Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to prevent di... ... middle of paper ... ...ases of Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, and Pertussis have been occurring more and more often. These diseases all have preventative vaccines that had almost eradicated them from the United States; however, as parents refuse to vaccinate their children, all progress that the medical industry had made to control these deadly killers has been lost. Though many parents exempt their children from vaccinations for religious and medical reasons, every child exempt adds to the growing risk of infection. In addition, the parents who chose not to vaccinate based on the fear that vaccines cause autism are not only wrong and misinformed, but are also the main cause for the growing anti-vaccine epidemic. Before any more people have to die, before any more children have to die, vaccines need to be made mandatory in order to stop entirely preventable diseases from taking any more lives.
When making the decision to vaccinate children or not, always take into consideration what it could mean for not only the child, but for the community as a whole. Vaccination is important because it is not only helpful to the child getting vaccinated, but it is also vital to children that cannot get vaccinated due to biological/genetic reasons, and for young babies who cannot be vaccinated due to their age. In my opinion, the government should make vaccinations compulsory, and introduce disciplinary sanctions for those who refuse to vaccinate their children. At the same time, the option to vaccinate children should be more open to parents, and they should be able to control the procedure and be aware of the minimization of risk for