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.
Immunization is Key Vaccines used to be considered a normal part of childhood, like restroom training, and teaching children how to brush their teeth. Unfortunately, nowadays, vaccines have become a very major issue because parents do not want their children to be vaccinated due to safety concerns. Most of these concerns come from information they have acquired from social media or from friends. This seems crazy, considering the fact that vaccines prevent more than two point five million deaths each year. While others may argue that vaccines can cause serious side effects, vaccines should be mandatory because they can save children’s lives, save other people around them, and help rid the world of diseases.
Further downsides to receiving exemptions are that parents may have a hard time getting their child into certain schools, and pediatricians have been known to deny care to an unvaccinated child (Null and Feldman). One argument in support of vaccines is that once received, the child’s immune system is strengthened, and the next time the child comes into contact with that particular disease he/she will be able to fight against it. However, studies have shown that disease outbreaks still occur in fully vaccinated areas. Dr. William Atkinson, an epidemiologist for the CDC, when examining a large measles outbreak, admi... ... middle of paper ... ...e this potentially risky decision after weighing the pros and cons. Parents, not the state, are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of this decision.
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.
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.
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.
An example of this is the DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus) vaccine. Infants are meant to receive at 2/3/4 months. However, there are several side effects that parents fear, although very unlike to occur, they are very drastic and have stopped parents have letting their children have the vaccine. People have also been unsure about the effectiveness of the diphtheria vaccine, infact when the vaccine was once compulsory; there was a 17... ... middle of paper ... ...errible diseases that could harm them, and since the vaccines have been introduced, there have been lower death rates in children. There may be some side effects to some of the vaccinations, but it is not worth risking not vaccinating them.
The vaccinations that are given to adolescents are thoroughly examined and tested by doctors and medical science professionals over a million times before giving it to the public for children. Also, the “FDA” will not license the vaccination if they know it’s not clinically secure and safety tested. Children are protected with almost all the disease that can be cured with vaccination, therefore, having fewer sicknesses amongst children. It is recommended by healthcare professionals that adolescents should receive proper immunizations in their early childhood to prevent further sickness that can go around the community or any parts of the population. The vaccinations have extended to be protective for children with any common bacteria or diseases meaning fewer lifeless children.
The decline in the disease has been attributed to vaccinations and their high success rate. According to ‘Childhood Vaccinations are Important for Public Health”, “by vaccinating we will make sure these 14 diseases will not become everyday events for our children...”. There are quite a few reasons why parents do not vaccinate their children. Some believe that it will cause harm to their children because of rumors. Vaccinations are not as dangerous as people make them seem, but not getting vaccinated is.
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