The Epidemic Of The Vaccine

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What are vaccines? A majority of the public possesses some knowledge of this medical phenomenon: a weakened, usually dormant, strain of a disease or virus is injected into the body. In response to this strain, the immune system creates antibodies, our natural defenders, which fight against the targeted virus. For a very high percentage of people who receive vaccinations, they will now be immune to the disease. The vaccine itself is a radical idea — the purposeful administration of the very disease that you are trying to prevent may seem like madness. Ultimately however, our bodies now develop a learned, specific response to the pathogen that can destroy a infection before it becomes dangerous. Yet the views consenting to its usage are not unanimous. On one hand, many doctors, scientists, and medical experts consider the vaccine to be one of the greatest accomplishments of modern medicine. For instance, Dr. Scott Goldstein of Northwestern Children’s Practice in Chicago states that, “If parents have the right information, and they understand the overwhelming evidence that supports vaccination, then we feel they will come to understand why we, as doctors, feel so strongly in favor of vaccination.” In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses at least 14 vaccines for infants by the age of two (AAP.org). In saying this, receiving vaccines seems important. Nevertheless, the anti-vaccine community is alive and well. The opposition against vaccinations seems tiny; however, about ten percent of children in the United States lack the full immunization in accordance with the Center for Disease Control’s recommended immunization schedule (CDC.gov). Ten percent may not appear substantial, but it certainly presents a concerning trend to... ... middle of paper ... ...le were opposed to the seat belt, they would be considered crazy. The seat belt is an important safety precaution that is designed to save lives. Granted, seat belts do not always work, but for the most part, they definitely help. If a driver believed that they could not hurt anyone because everyone else usually wears seat belts, would that not be considered a poor idea? The vaccine situation is not all that much different. Vaccines are to disease as the seat belt is to an accident; they both save lives in the face of fatal, tragic events. Anti-vaxxers have valid personal beliefs and reasons for their vaccine opposition; but ultimately, they are putting their children and the people around them at a disadvantage. Vaccines present a great wellness opportunity that needs to be fully taken advantage of by every fortunate person around the world that has access to them.
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