And if a child were still to get the disease after they are vaccinated, the symptoms would normally be way less serious than the symptoms in a child that didn’t get vaccinated. Why would parents opt against getting their child’s vaccinations, even in the face of the measles outbreak that has sickened more than 102 people in 14 states? Simply because trust in the government or the lack thereof and also misinformation. Your pediatrician believes that your children need to receive all of the recommended vaccines. Although sitting there through your child’s vaccination meltdown can be just as painful for you as it is them and the fear of these routine vaccines doing more harm than good, choosing to vaccinate children has led to 93% to 100% elimination of many childhood diseases in the U.S. (Vaccines.gov).
There are many different diseases that can be prevented by vaccines during childhood. Parents are putting their children in serious risk of harm by ignoring these vaccines, and that is child neglect. According to the Vaccine Resistance Movement website, as long our child have clean water, sanitation methods, and an organic diet, there will not be any childhood disease. While these issues certainly have an effect on disease, they are not the only cause for them. This group also claims that vaccines do not, and never will, prevent disease.
There may be some side effects to some of the vaccinations, but it is not worth risking not vaccinating them. It is unsafe to assume that herd immunity will wipe out the risk of catching the disease as so many parents today are not having their child vaccinated. I feel that it is a good idea that under most circumstances, vaccination against infectious diseases should be made compulsory for all children. In a situation when a child is more likely to react very badly to a particular vaccine, alternative methods could be used. But I feel it important that children of today are all immunised so that, in the future, hopefully, such diseases would not be a threat to the children of tomorrow.
Are vaccines necessary ? Vaccines were created in 1798; now, there are numerous vaccines that protect us against diseases. Yet, a growing number of parents are deciding to not vaccinate their children for various reasons, such as Autism. As a result, immensely transmittable diseases are becoming more likely to spread; this causes everyone to become the victim. Although some say that vaccines can cause autism, parents need to vaccinate their children, because immunizations save lives, the vaccine-preventable diseases are highly dangerous, and vaccines are safe and reliable to use.
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. If this is a risk some parents are willing to take, but others face unwillingly, there is something to be dabated. Every parent is concerned with their child’s health. However, this concern can take several directions. While some parents are convinced that vaccines have been invented to prevent the human-to-human transmitted diseases, which otherwise can have serious health consequences on children and adults, other parents are certain that it is the vaccines themselves that pose a risk to their children’s health.
If legal action were to be taken against anti-vax parents, such as charges for neglect, perhaps opinions on vaccines may begin to change? An alternative treatment that has been mentioned is the idea of spacing out, or delaying vaccines so that the child does not receive them all in one visit. However, “spacing out vaccines provides no benefit, and leaves children susceptible to illnesses for a longer time. It also requires more trips to the doctor, each of which is a chance to be exposed to other sick children. In addition, studies show that spacing out vaccines reduces the likelihood that children will complete the full schedule of immunizations,” according to Aaron Carroll, author of the article “Not Up for Debate: The Science Behind Vaccination.” The article also points out that we should not even be debating vaccines at this point, as there is solid scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective medical advancements that have saved millions of people from horrific diseases and death, and there needs to be better patient/physician communication in order to iron out the confusion and fear associated with vaccines.
People also believe that if they do not have the disease that they have no need to receive the vaccine (Franklin). “The thinking goes: Why take a chance and vaccinate my child for a disease he or she won't get, or at the worst will cause nothing more than a rash” (Franklin). Many people do not want to spend money and time on vaccines if a chance exists that their child will not get the disease or virus (Franklin). Most people are unaware about vaccines. Some may think that they do not need to receive the vaccine because there is a possibility they will not get the virus or disease (Franklin).
In fact, a lot of vaccines contain harmful substances that have been linked to disorders such as autism. The lack of education and dishonesty from doctors are putting people in danger of health problems without even realizing. Many parents feel obligated for their children to get vaccinated because of school, not knowing they have the alternative option of refusing immunization. For the longest time, people have assumed that if they get a vaccine, they are completely safe from that illness. However, “a person who has been vaccinated has no guarantee that he will not contract the disease, and chances are, if he does, it will be at a later age when the consequences are much more serious” (Hamdan).
Many parents ask, are vaccines safe for my child? I am one of those parents but the more research that I have done, has put wondering thoughts to rest. Many parents believe that vaccinations are linked to the causes of autism, multiple sclerosis, asthma and many other health problems. Although many parents have legitimate reasoning to not have their children receive vaccines, there are more pros than cons to receiving the vaccines. In rare cases children have became sick after immunizations, some life threatening.
Antigens are the viral or bacterial components of a vaccine that induce the immune system to build up antibodies and fight future infections. The total antigens children receive in vaccines today are a fraction of what kids used to receive, even including combination vaccines.” (Parents, 2017) Honestly, this conveys that whatever parents had when they were kids seems far more dangerous than what children have now. This further emphasizes that fact that even though parents think they are doing the best for their child by restricting immunizations based of a concern about an overwhelmed immune system is preposterous. This decision making is led by Anchoring. Anchoring is when you put too much focus on past events that influences your present decision.