The Truth About Vaccines

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Ryan Milley was only 18 years old when he developed a severe case of meningitis after coming home from a family party one night. By the time his mother rushed him to the emergency room, he had lost all feeling in his legs and was so weak that he could not stand up on his own. A few hours later his heart stopped. Ryan passed away on June 22, 1998 just before eleven A.M. (“Victims of Vaccine-Preventable Disease”). If Ryan Milley had gotten vaccinated for meningitis as an infant, this tragedy could have been prevented. Vaccines are substances that provide immunity against certain diseases by stimulating the production of antibodies without inducing the effects of the disease. This is not a new concept however. Vaccines have been fighting off deadly diseases since 1796 when English doctor, Edward Jenner, first inoculated a young boy with a cowpox serum that worked to stop smallpox, the leading cause of death in the eighteenth century. Since then, smallpox, along with a variety of other diseases including polio and measles have been eradicated in most developed countries. The public, as a whole, should get vaccinated because vaccines are one of the most effective medical procedures that can save your life against deadly diseases, they are not harmful in any way, and the public welfare may be at risk because of those who choose not to get vaccinated. People make the decision not to get vaccinated for numerous reasons. Some people believe the act of getting vaccinated by injection is too invasive. An irrational fear of needles is what keeps them away from clinics and doctors’ offices in order to get a yearly flu shot. Even though it is understandable that getting a shot is not the most pleasant experience, one must overlook the twenty s... ... middle of paper ... ...tless lives throughout the years and are considered to have one of the greatest impacts on health-care sciences in history. With no clear evidence that vaccines are harmful in any way, there is no excuse not to receive one. Thousands of lives have been saved since the discovery of the first vaccine in the eighteenth century and scientists around the world are working together to increase their findings until, one day, all contagious diseases are no longer a threat to the human race. But for now, the community can only work together to stay healthy if each individual does their public duty of getting vaccinated, so that one cannot facilitate the spread of the disease to those around them. In the upcoming years, the threat of an influenza epidemic is becoming more apparent and the public should do all they can to protect themselves, which includes getting vaccinated.
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