The Pros And Cons Of Vaccines

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Vaccines have been an issue of controversy for most of this short century. Many people speak out against vaccines without doing the proper research. For the greater good of public health, children and adults should be vaccinated against preventable illnesses regularly. There are many reasons to be vaccinated, that will be explained in further detail below. Many people fear vaccinations because of the inactive cells or viruses contained in vaccinations. Other people are afraid that the vast increase in Autism is due to vaccinations. I am able to see that there has been a large increase is Autism but I do not believe that it is due to vaccinations. I won’t begin to speculate on the reason Autism has increased in the last 50 years. Vaccination is used all around the world and there are certain standards that must be met so that all vaccines remain effective and pose minimum risk. Vaccines help your body recognize and fight germs and protect against infection from preventable and deadly diseases. It is important to fully understand how vaccinations work, what makes them effective to ensure your child, receives the best possible care and to ensure a happy, healthy life.
Over the last twenty years there has been a very large increase in the number of mandatory vaccinations, which leads many people to believe that the increase in the number of vaccinations has a direct correlation with the increase of childhood Autism. “Today, 40 percent of American parents have chosen to delay or refuse a recommended or mandated vaccine for their children (Largent, 18)”. Many parents are too young to remember when communicable diseases could ravage a classroom or school. Polio could paralyze ten thousand children in a year. Rubella coul...

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...s teacher, classmates, friends and family members at risk. Immunization and vaccines save millions of lives each year. Vaccines imitate infection, but do not cause illness, what they do is cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes, antibodies and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that disease in the future. The bacteria and virus’ that cause life threatening diseases still exist, but because of vaccination, there are 90% less cases of these illnesses in America today. Less than 1% of children have severe side effects to vaccinations. In the recent past many celebrities have chosen to voice their opinions regarding vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has done extensive research on the link between the rise in the cases of Autism and vaccinations, since Wakefield’s 1998 study and has found vaccinations to be safe and effective.

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