In the first eight months of 2014, there were eighteen measles outbreaks, and six hundred cases of measles. This is incredibly dangerous because outbreaks give these diseases the opportunity to evolve and become resistant to vaccines, putting even vaccinated children at risk (Harmon). Parents making the decision not to vaccinate are doing so out of a place that all parents share: a desire to keep their children healthy. However, these anti-vaxxers are basing their decision not on
Well most people don’t have a degree to be a doctor, so we shouldn’t use the internet without a doctor who can verify that this information is true. If parents are using the internet to decide that their child shouldn’t get any vaccinations then they should consult a doctor to show them that they are only hurting their child because there is no scientific evidence that vaccines are harmful. They go through a long process before being released to the public. About 2.5 percent of kindergarteners weren’t fully vaccinated this is the highest decline since the 1970s (vaccine your kids, para graph 8). With a decline in vaccinations we could see decade old diseases show up because children aren’t vaccinated.
In 2008, the United States had the biggest measles Gilbert 2 outbreak there had been in 10 years, and the reason behind this was unvaccinated children. These children could have been protected against this disease had they been vaccinated. The parents of these children failed to protect their children against unnecessary harm, and purposely exposed them to the harm of this disease, therefore; it was child neglect. Vaccination rates are dropping, and because of that, children are dying from childhood diseases that are vaccine-preventable. Choosing not to vaccinate is failing to provide your child with the means for their physical well being.
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.
In a day where vaccination is readily available to almost all infants, it would seem nearly impossible to have an outbreak of what health professionals thought was an eradicated disease. However, recently there have been 23 outbreaks throughout the United States, and of this 23, 650 separate cases of measles were diagnosed. The problem our country faces at the moment is parent who choose not to vaccinate their children. Not only is this dangerous to them, but also to the thousands of other children who are either too young or sick to be vaccinated. Rachael Rettner, a writer for Fox News’s Health Column, said “More measles outbreaks are sure to occur in the United States because of people refusing vaccinations” (Rettner).
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues published a paper, Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Wakefield's theory was that the MMR vaccine “causes a series of events that include intestinal inflammation, loss of intestinal barrier function, entrance into the bloodstream of encephalopathic proteins, and consequent development of... ... middle of paper ... ... vaccines and the incidence of autism.” There is an abundance of information concluding that there is no link between childhood vaccinations and MMR. There is a link in narrow-minded parents who chose to believe celebrities and studies that have been proven wrong, that still choose to not vaccinate their children and childhood deaths from preventable diseases. It started with the fear of one specific vaccine that was linked to autism, MMR. Now the fear is all vaccines.
This rumor that vaccines are the cause for the rise in autism spectrum disorders first grabbed attention and made headlines in 1998. When Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, and 12 of his colleagues published their study of 12 children in The Lancet, a well-known medical journal (Rao, Andrade). Their study linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) combo vaccine with intestinal problems that he believed caused autism. On February 2010 Dr. Wakefield’s paper was officially retracted by The Lancet (Rao, Andrade). The General Medical Council in the United Kingdom even stripped Wakefield of his ability to practice medicine for his, “deceitfulness and irresponsibility” in the paper published (Haberman).
Prior to the existence of vaccines, measles, polio, mumps, whooping cough, small pox, and many more diseases caused multiple children and adults to be deathly ill. However, now all of these diseases can simply be avoided by vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that about 732,000 children avoided death in the past twenty years because of the existence of vaccines (www.cdc.gov) Allowing children to receive immunizations has a positive effect on everyone around them. The article goes on to say, “Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history – smallpox – no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the year’s vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives” (www.cdc.gov ).
Polio, once America’s most-feared disease, that caused death and paralysis across the country has had no reports in the United States thanks to vaccinations. There are several childhood diseases in Massachusetts that require vaccinations. Hepatitis B requires 3 doses for child care attendance and preschool entry, kindergarten-12th grade, and college. However, laboratory proof of immunity is acceptable. Varicella requires 1 dose for child care attendance and preschool entry.
A recent spike in the number of diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders has also brought to light the controversy that exists concerning the link between autism and immunizations. In a piece published by CNN, Jenny McCarthy depicts her son’s recovery from autism. In it, she claims that autism is an entirely environment illness, and states that vaccines are a major trigger of the disease. A Newsweek article printed in 2005 discusses the search for a cure for autism, citing the many methods parents have used in an attempt to treat their children—including a wheat and dairy free diet, and a controversial treatment method that strips the body of metals called chelation. Again, it was brought up that the osteopath who prescribed these methods, Mary Ann Block, felt that toxins from vaccines were the roots of autism.