Although some citizens believe that vaccine are harmful and they should get to choose if they get them or not, vaccines can be justified as a safe, effective method to stay immune to diseases. In order to ensure the health of the public and prevent illnesses, it is essential to make vaccines mandatory. When people are not vaccinated, they have a high risk of developing disease, which can lead to sickness and possible death. According to UNICEF, a program providing humanitarian and developmental assistance, 16,000 children die every day from preventable or treatable causes. This statistic shows how many lives we are losing due to the fact that people are not vaccinated.
The impact of this implementation was shown through the increase of vaccination rates (Steyer, Ragucci, Pearson & Mainous, 2004). Cases of vaccine-preventable diseases were also shown to decrease after the advent of vaccines and widespread immunization (Cortes, Curns, Tate, et al., 2011).
The public has been let down because the proper studies have not been done.” (Lorraine Fraser, Medical Correspondent, 2002) From this article there are multiple powerful, anti vaccine statement from Dr Jefferson about the inner industry view behind vaccinations. These people are just a small representation of many qualified people out there that also have a view against vaccination. However there are also many people that preach positively of vaccination programs and conversely claim, “Immunizations are simply one of the greatest public-health achievements," claims Mary Glodé, M.D, Professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado in Denver. According to Pro-Vaccines (2015) “For society to improve its health, it must rely on vaccinations. There are substantial benefits from being immunization, especially when all are
American Journalist and Author, Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.” This quote rings true in a generation that runs ramped with fake news, believing anything heard by a seemingly credible source. This ignorance is seen throughout society, especially when it comes to medicine. Vaccinations are essential to keeping this world rid of the infectious diseases that in previous generations, were some of the leading causes of death. In recent times parents who are opting out of vaccinating their children (also known as antivaxxers) believe that vaccinations are harmful, and could even cause developmental disabilities such as autism. These anti- vaccination beliefs stem from ignorance which can be dangerous because
One of the most common reasons people give for requiring vaccinations is that vaccination can lead to “Herd Immunity.” In other words, the greater the percentage of people in a population that are vaccinated, the less likely it is that unvaccinated people will come into contact with a contagious person. According to one doctor, “‘Someday we may live in a world that doesn’t scare patients into making bad health decisions…. vaccine mandates are the best way to ensure protection from illnesses’”(Finnegan 2). Maybe in the future the scariest diseases will not exist. Then, vaccines will not be necessary.
The lack of vaccinations and medical treatment for some viruses has wiped out populations as a whole. Disease can overthrow a culture and spread like wildfire when not taken precaution against. However, there exists a fierce opposition against the mandate of vaccination by some groups of interest with the existence of adverse effects by vaccination to the human body as a reason. Although vaccination carries some health risks,
As a result, people can contract a bacterial infection that has no cure. These two articles describe bacteria as something humans are at war with. Some people also fear that it is a war we may someday lose. The fact that bacteria can change into diffrent forms so fast, makes it very challenging for healthcare providers to fight off infections. New antibiotics and treatments are developed each day, however most are not effective.
Some health care advocates criticized the spending, calling the two-and-a-half million dollar budget over two years “completely indefensible.” But hospital advertising has always had a controversial history in the US. Up until 1980, the American Medical Association banned it. The AMA code of ethics from 1847 considered hospital advertising to be “derogatory to the dignity of the profession.” However, in 1980 a circuit appellate court ruled that such restraints on advertising violated the Federal Trade Commission Act protecting free commerce. Today, hospital advertising still continues to be a contentious topic. Some believe that hospital advertising presents significant danger of misinforming potential patients.
I hope to one day have career in the field of medicine, as a Physical Therapist. In the last decade there have been multiple reports of doctors compromising patient care for their own personal benefit. Experimental drugs, drug abuse, unnecessary surgeries, and pure neglect have caused countless deaths of innocent people who thought they were receiving good medical treatment. These doctors however, took advantage of vulnerable patients for their own financial gain. Many Americans now refuse to seek medical treatment, for fear that they too will be victims of selfish acts conducted by medical professionals.
Vaccines are one of the public health sector’s greatest achievements. However, there is an ethical dilemma within the balance of managing risks to public health and preserving personal and parental autonomy. The egoistic tendencies of parents who are unwilling to vaccinate their children, putting the welfare of their own family as well as the welfare of the population at risk to satisfy their personal morals and beliefs, is posing problems. Vaccination rates for certain diseases, such as for measles in the United States, are dropping for the first time in history due to various reasons, and outbreaks for these viruses are becoming more frequent. It is necessary that legislation considers various tactics in order to raise these values once again.