Is vaccinating the public for diseases (such as influenza (in adults) and measles (in children)) harmful to their health?

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In a survey conducted recently (2010) amongst parents of children about the overall balance of the possible risks and benefits of required vaccinations for their infants and children, about two-thirds of the parents (67%) replied that benefits outweigh risks, 23% indicated that the risks and benefits are equally balanced, and the remaining 10% reported that the risks outweigh benefits. (Health Policy Survey 2010) “A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and "remember" it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.” (Vaccines, 2014) Yes vaccines are harmful in terms of the research found. According to the anti-vaccination writings they say vaccinations cause encephalitis and the doctors like Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D. agree with that notion. A few cases in America have been documented in the local newspapers (i.e. according to locals the girl who was severely affected they believe it was due to the vaccination she had received earlier against cervical cancer), controversies have promoted to the thought that vaccines are responsible for illnesses or disabilities with uncertain causes. People like Ian Sinclair believe things like Childhood infections i.e. measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, etc. all serve as beneficial purpose, and if treated, will result in an improvement in the health of the child and he has dedicated more than t... ... middle of paper ... ... Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/EBchecked/topic/621274/vaccine 6. Sinclair I. (1992) Vaccination: the hidden facts. Retrieved from http://www.vaclib.org/sites/debate/web5.html# 7. Dr. Hadwen. (3 January 1923). THE FRAUD OF VACCINATION. Truth. Volume number (unknown). Page numbers (unknown). Retrieved from http://www.soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/020119hadwin/020119hadwenmagazine.html 8. Geoboo S. (March 2014). Understanding Public Perceptions of Benefits and Risks of Childhood Vaccinations in the United States. Risk Analysis. Volume number Thirty four. (Issue Number 3). Pages 541-555 9. Dr A Mandal . (2014). What are vaccines? Retrieved from http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-are-Vaccines.aspx 10. World Health Organisation. (2014). Vaccines. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/topics/vaccines/en/

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