Although some families chose not to vaccinate, other families are skipping mild vaccinations while others vaccinations are designed to prevent potentially life threatening illnesses. Lack of complete vaccine treatment increases the risk of disease for our entire population... ... middle of paper ... ...y that is considered to be at an “at risk” condition when there are families that are not being vaccinated. Almost every parent has heard these concerning and alarming side effects that accompany vaccinations and some wonder are vaccinations even 100% effective? The obvious truth is, without vaccines, epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases would return like measles and rubella. Although they may not be 100% effective, they still offer outstanding protection and without them, we can expect society to be like it was years ago and we would suffer from the diseases of our grandparents as we have slowly seen recently through the media.
Vaccinations prevent deadly diseases from spreading but if parents neglect to immunize their child they are at a greater risk of contracting a fatal disease and spreading it to other people. Other parents who neglect vaccinations do so in fear that their child will fall ill or develop autism because of important diseases but there is an extensive amount of safety and care that goes into vaccines before they are released to the public ensuring they are safe for use. Another problem that could occur due to parents refusing vaccination is fatal diseases of the past could rise again causing mass death and illness of others. Immunization has affected the world in many different ways, it has protected new youth and has saved the lives of many generations. Without vaccination, the world population would drop significantly.
However, in the United States it is a different version, where parents demand their children not to be vaccinated. Vaccines are readily available to people, yet they refuse for many different reasons. Most of the reasons given for not vaccinating children are because of religious reasons, forgetfulness, moral beliefs, monetary issues and the theory that vaccines cause other health related issues, such as autism. The United States have been privileged with support from the government to vaccinate all people who requested to be vaccinated against preventable diseases. Many people around the world are powerless in getting vaccinated and most die due to lack of healthcare and availability of vaccines.
Wakefield was found doing unnecessary painful procedures on children, and in 2010 was banned from practicing medicine. Unfortunately, this study did a lot more harm than good. This study put a lot of fear in parents and they refused to vaccinate their children because of this. Physicians now warn parent’s that refusing to vaccinate your child is not a risk-free choice and in some cases may even have deadly consequences. Looking at the media and its affect on vaccination the article, “Media Coverage of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism... ... middle of paper ... ...tect their child’s health not, to harm them.
Nevertheless, one of the ethical questions parents face, is the horrifying fear of condoning sex before marriage or giving their daughters the right to engaged in multiple sex partners. The HPV vaccine also infringes on the parental rights with their daughters because of the ethical principle associated with HPV. Ultimately, parental rights are then left upon the relationship of trust with their daughters to believe that having the HPV vaccination at an early age will not increase the possibility of sex. Many parents who are aware of the HPV vaccine are more reluctant to have their daughters vaccinated. This reluctancy is based on the mothers’ fear of their daughters developing a cervical cancer.
Polio is just one of the diseases which can be prevented by immunization. Since the first vaccination was created for Smallpox, scientists have continued to research and develop new vaccines to help prevent the spread of these diseases. Some people disagree with the scientific viewpoint and argue that vaccinations harm their children, causing brain damage, Autism, auto-immune deficiencies, and in some cases, death. These people may be against vaccinations because of their culture, religion, and personal preference. Health professionals, scientists, and government officials disagree with their opinions of vaccinations.
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.
Since the invention of the first smallpox vaccine more than two centuries ago, there’s been much controversy over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, and safety of vaccination and immunization. It’s been recently argued whether laws should be introduced that reduce some or all vaccines required for all children. Parents, doctors, nurses, teachers and children all have an important stake in this issue. Parents of course, argue that it is them who should have the final decision-making right on whether or not to vaccinate their children. 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.
This article scared many parents into no longer vaccinating their children, which increased the outbreak of the communicable diseases again such as Measles, Chicken Pox and Pertussis. In 2010, Andrew Wakefield’s research was found to be untrue and therefore retracted from being published. He did his research on Autistic children who’s parents were convinced that it was due to their immunization shots. Much research has been published from 1998-2010 that proves that there is no relationship between Autism and immunizations. Since the kids display the symptoms of Autism around the same time as when they get their immunization shots, they had to do the research on children not getting the vaccines.
While not vaccinating a child could lead them to getting horrible disease a non-vaccinated child also puts those around them at risk. A single outbreak of a disease such as the measles can infect thousands of people vaccinated or not. Although many parents are refusing to vaccinate their children due to moral or religious beliefs, this is an irresponsible practice as it is causing diseases such as Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, and Pertussis to reemerge; therefore a national decision needs to be made in order to make vaccinations mandatory. A vaccination works by building up the immune system early to be able to respond better and faster to the disease. This practice works because a vacation is basically a less virulent strand of a disease that your immunity system can easily deal with.