The Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines

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Although autonomy is such a highly sought after aspect of human life, there are times when it is overridden for the good of the person or for others around them. The question of whether autonomy is always the most important factor in determining the morality of an issue must be made. According to Fields, autonomy requires and allows a person to “comprehend the action to be taken, the alternatives, and the consequences,” which is what it does. Nonetheless, there are times when this extent of autonomy may be skewed by beliefs and ideas that may not be entirely accurate. For instance, in the past decade or so, there had been a widespread belief among opposers of mandatory vaccinations and vaccines in general that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine caused autism in children as a result of a misleading report by Andrew Wakefield of the U.K. Because of Wakefield’s report in The Lancet, which has since been disproven by over 20 various articles and doctors, many parents opted to fight to keep their children from receiving this possible life saving vaccine against these diseases (phd1). Included in this category is celebrity Jenny McCarthy, who used her stardom to strongly advocate against vaccination, as her son was diagnosed with autism, which she attributed to the vaccine due to Wakefield’s publications and other parents (Frontline). This type of negative media for the vaccinations worried many doctors, etc. as more parents could choose to opt out and find ways around getting their children, or even themselves vaccinated (healthfinder.gov). In turn, this could cause damage to the entire framework of the herd immunity and allow not only the child to get sick, but also those around them that may not be able to receive the va...

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