Although the vast majority of Americans continue to vaccinate their children, studies have found that as many as 1 in 10 parents are delaying or forgoing some or a; recommended vaccines for their children. Because some parents are delaying or forgoing all vaccinations more children are at risk of going under the influence of a fatal disease that could cut their lives too short. Fatal diseases have the ability to spread at unthinkable rates and vaccinations are used to combat these deadly diseases but if families refuse to vaccinate their children once fatal diseases could return at epidemic
And if a child were still to get the disease after they are vaccinated, the symptoms would normally be way less serious than the symptoms in a child that didn’t get vaccinated. Why would parents opt against getting their child’s vaccinations, even in the face of the measles outbreak that has sickened more than 102 people in 14 states? Simply because trust in the government or the lack thereof and also misinformation. Your pediatrician believes that your children need to receive all of the recommended vaccines. Although sitting there through your child’s vaccination meltdown can be just as painful for you as it is them and the fear of these routine vaccines doing more harm than good, choosing to vaccinate children has led to 93% to 100% elimination of many childhood diseases in the U.S. (Vaccines.gov).
It is speculated that this increase in reported cases of pertussis and measles is directly attributed to people refusing to immunize their children. While most parents are inoculating their children at the ages they are required to receive them, there are a few that are against any and all vaccinations. In Dr. James Howenstine’s article, “Why You Should Avoid Taking Vaccines”, he discusses some of the reasons parents are not vaccinating. He explains why parents should not vaccinate because of the possible harmful effects of the vaccinations due to the chemical composition found in some of these vaccines. He is also reluctant to believe in their effectiveness stating that vaccinated individuals may still acquire the disease for which they were vaccinated.
However, in the United States it is a different version, where parents demand their children not to be vaccinated. Vaccines are readily available to people, yet they refuse for many different reasons. Most of the reasons given for not vaccinating children are because of religious reasons, forgetfulness, moral beliefs, monetary issues and the theory that vaccines cause other health related issues, such as autism. The United States have been privileged with support from the government to vaccinate all people who requested to be vaccinated against preventable diseases. Many people around the world are powerless in getting vaccinated and most die due to lack of healthcare and availability of vaccines.
Anti-vaccination movements have begun gaining momentum and have a growing amount of supporters. This is bad for society because this will cause an increasing amount of unvaccinated children to be putting communities in danger. According to a commentary entitled, “Public Health, Science, and Policy Debate: Being Right Is Not Enough,” the author notes, mistrust in science, however, has compromised the possibility of deriving sound policy from such debates” (Camargo 232). Without people believing in scientific facts it is nearly impossible to prove anything. And therefore people will try to find other things to believe in, such as anti-vaccination
Everything helps and hinders something. “Parents who refuse to vaccinate often fear rare side effects of vaccines.” (Cbsnews.com, 2017) Most people know that when you get a shot there might be some redness or pain. That’s not uncommon. However, these parents are worried about extremely rare side effects such as allergic reactions. A good example is this.
Her answer was that vaccines are not proven to prevent disease, and could even cause the child to be more likely to become infected because they compromise the fragile immune system of children. She told me that vaccines were an excuse for the government to do experiments on civilians without them knowing, and that they had even tried to track people through the “vaccination” (as she put air quotations up), process. She was also under the impression that it could cause a developing infant to become autistic. All of these notions seemed pretty unlikely, bu... ... middle of paper ... ... virus it can be even more harmful. Unnecessary disease costs time, money, and lives.
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.
Childhood vaccinations have received a lot of media in the past few years, and parents continue to question whether or not they should have their children vaccinated. This topic is a very important issue because it seems to be a trend in our society where parents are not vaccinating their children. This then leads their children becoming more susceptible to unnecessary diseases/viruses that can be prevented with vaccines. The focus of the following articles was on the association of the specific vaccines measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), and vaccines containing thimerosal, which has been a speculated reason for the cause of autism. This contentious hypothesis has many parents failing to vaccinate their children; this is especially true of many friends and family members of mine.
But while concerned parents are in fear of their child’s health, it is also true that “all living things are subject to attack from disease causing agents (“Human”). Otherwise put, your child will get sick no matter how protective you are of him or her. The immune system is designed to target, fight, and destroy foreign substances of the bod... ... middle of paper ... .... from "Reinventing Project Bioshield." Science 333.6047 (2 Sept. 2011). Opposing Viewpoints in Context.