Families are being bombarded with stories about the dangers of vaccines like how sick their child can get and the illnesses and crucial diseases it may cause them. But on the other hand, you have society that is considered to be at an “at risk” condition when there are families that are not being vaccinated. So, protecting the society that we live in and the environments that we are constantly around may become dangerous and possibly deadly. Children are suffering because parents are more frightened by vaccines than by the disease they prevent. Although some families chose not to vaccinate, other families are skipping mild vaccinations while others vaccinations are designed to prevent potentially life threatening illnesses.
Vaccines have made many serious childhood diseases rare today” (Editorial Staff). However, there are some that say the possible side effects from vaccinations are still not worth the risk. Every vaccination recommended today by the government carries a risk of complications some being very serious. While that is true, for the most part side effects are generally very minor. For an example, most will experience a sore arm or a low-grade fever and will go away within a few days.
Many parents ask, are vaccines safe for my child? I am one of those parents but the more research that I have done, has put wondering thoughts to rest. Many parents believe that vaccinations are linked to the causes of autism, multiple sclerosis, asthma and many other health problems. Although many parents have legitimate reasoning to not have their children receive vaccines, there are more pros than cons to receiving the vaccines. In rare cases children have became sick after immunizations, some life threatening.
Immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected against a disease. Even though it’s “one of the greatest health development of the 20th century”, the number of infants who aren’t fully vaccinated are increasing gradually over the past years. This happened because of all the controversy surrounding vaccine. Despite the fact that it can prevent potentially life-threatening diseases, people are paying less attention to those infections because they are rarely seen nowadays. So people start to look at the vaccine and the possible side effects and now they fear that the vaccine itself might be more harmful than it is helpful.
Many parents choose to immunize their children, however there are till many parents who decide against it. The number of people who choose not to immunize is steadily increasing, and has been on the rise since the 1980's when evidence of vaccines causing harm came to light. Immunizations help to protect the vaccinated individual by injecting a harmlesss form of the germ into the body. This causes the body to build up antibodies against the disease without actually getting the disease itself. Since antibodies are now present in the body, if the body is invaded by the germs that actually cause the disease, the immune system immdiately sends antibodies to destroy the germs.
Before vaccines, people became immune only by getting a disease and beating it, which was not always the case. Immunizations are an easier way to become immune to the disease. Some parents believe that vaccines are the best thing that they could do for their child(ren). According to the CDC website, 84.2% of children 19-35 months received the Diphtheria, Tetanus,and the Pertussis vaccination, 93.3% received a Polio vaccination, 91.5% received a Measles, Mumps,and Rubella vaccination, 82.0% received the vaccine Haemophilus influenzae type bation, 91.6% received a Hepatitis B vaccination, 91.0% received the Chickenpox vaccination and 82.9% received the Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. There are many reasons why babies, children, adults and elders should be vaccinated.
Vaccinations are known to be one of the worlds greatest medical achievements. There seems to be one for every disease discovered, form the flu and even the one used to help eradicate Polio. Vaccines have not only kept prior generations away from certain diseases, they have been proven to be very effective. There has always been oppositions to vaccines, some that date back to the early 1800s. The first smallpox vaccine frightened many parents due to the fact that it included scoring the flesh on a child's arm, and inserting lymph from the blister of a person who had been vaccinated about a week earlier ("Opposition to Vaccines Has Existed as Long as Vaccination Itself.” sec.
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.
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.
Vaccines are a type of substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and help prevent several diseases. There are many benefits to vaccinations, vaccines are examples of taking small risks to enjoy large benefits. Our society should ask themselves the question would you rather say you took the chance in vaccinating your children or waiting to see the terrible outcome from not taking that risk. Although you may think vaccination is dangerous you are helping not only the individual but also protecting your community from diseases spread from person-to-person. Parents and patients are revealed to a lot of false information.