Instead of facing the probable and deadly consequences of catching any given disease, parents who are aware that vaccines do prevent potentially fatal outcomes avoid having their child be one the poor children who fall ill because their negligence parents fail to recognize the benefits of vaccinations. Unless this message gets spread widely and well, countless doctors and parents are going to find themselves in emergency rooms, watching children suffer from the devastating effects of measles, whooping cough or some other readily preventable infectious
The death toll keeps rising every year from other diseases such as measles, mumps, polio and so on. These diseases could be prevented by vaccinations, one example of eradicating a disease is smallpox; this vaccine does not exist anymore because the disease has been eradicated. “Vaccines are one of the best ways to put an end to serious effects of certain diseases” If we were to stop vaccinating diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback. Before long we would see epidemics of disease and children would get sick and die. (CDC,
Parents lack trust in the people and organizations who are testing the vaccines. The FDA may do multiple rounds of testing on a specific vaccine and say that it is safe but there is still a lack of trust (FDA 2011). This trust is hard to maintain when many children have faced adverse effects from vaccinations. In some cases, vaccines, have been linked to anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction which is usually about 1 per million (CDC 2017). With risks like this, some parents believe that the body’s natural immune system is capable of withstanding certain infections and being better at fighting them the second time.
Child vaccinations ensure that children have a well-armed immune system to fight off deadly diseases. Vaccinations contain antigens that trigger the immune system to make antibodies for that specific disease; this allows the body to think it has been infected, without causing the person any symptoms (Reddy 1). Throughout the United States, parents have been debating whether to delay, refuse, or accept the vaccinations that are given to their children. Why would you not want to give your child the best possible chance to fight off a deadly disease? Vaccinating children does not only affect the child, but also the community.
After reading the articles,”Why We Should Think Twice About Giving Genetic Tests to Our Kids” ,by Michael White, and “Genetic Testing for Kids:Is It a Good Idea?”, by Bonnie Rochman, parents should not give these tests to their children.If the children did take the test the result would outway the benefits, they would have anxiety, and the testing doesn’t always work. One main reason that a child should not the test is ,they could have anxiety for the rest of their lives. If a child took the genetic test they could learn they have a deadly disease they don’t know about yet. This would lead to anxiety and being worried their whole life. If the child doesn’t know when the disease will hit they would worry all the time.This could ruin a child’s life.
In a medical article, Baeyens informs doctors that parents and children need to become educated on the vaccination benefits because the tendency of unvaccinated individuals to be diagnosed with a preventable disease is high. The reason for people not getting vaccinated is the lack of communication between the public health and social workers about the benefits. Baeyens states that, “Many of the reasons... for not getting vaccinated are based upon ignorance of the true facts...or unfounded fears.” People are not getting vaccinated because they are not aware of the potential risks or benefits that they pose. Communication between these people and the health care services would provide information about immunization which could lead to more people accepting it. With the information provided, people would be educated about the vaccination
One may say, “If I do something that’s only harming me, then society can’t step in and force me to do otherwise.” However, isn’t everything we do affecting other people in the society? For example, if a person were to not vaccinate his newborn and his newborn contracts a disease, it will affect others in society. In response, Mill would acknowledge that people are not fully isolated from society, and therefore the actions those people take will ultimately affect others and possibly do harm. However, he says, "But with regard to the merely contingent or, as it may be called, constructive injury which a person causes to society by conduct which neither violates any specific duty to the public, nor occasions perceptible hurt to any assignable individual except himself, the inconvenience is one which society can afford to bear, for the sake of the greater good of human freedom” (Mill 80). From this, we can infer that Mill would most likely agree that the individual is not doing any harm to others in society (and therefore society cannot intervene) even if he is indirectly harming people by not vaccinating their newborn, in order for the preservation of the greater good of human
Similar reductions were estimated to occur in influenza-related mortality and economic costs. Why Some Parents Are Against It A number of parents fear the government forcing them to vaccinate their children. These parents are anti-vaccine for a variety of reasons. Parents built their arguments against immunization on the strength of the naturally acquired immune system. Childhood diseases were not perceived as a threat but as part of the natural way to reinforce the body.
An article posted by the United States Center for Disease Prevention and Control (2016) highlights that one of the dangers of not vaccinating a child is the predisposition to vaccine-preventable diseases. Also, in the United States, school age children are required to receive periodic shots before enrolment. One could therefore conclude that, to a large extent, pro-vaccine governments do a lot in enlightening the citizens about the risks of refusing vaccines. As a result, the rejection of vaccines may not simply be due to ignorance of the vaccines or the consequences of the refusal, but to other
An issue many parents face today with is the common US practice to give all children dozens of vaccinations which may or may not cause side effects ranging from autism to death. Vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism that produces immunity in the body against that organism. On “vactruth.com”, a website devoted to providing the latest articles about child vacinations, writer “Michelle Goldstein” expresses multiple reasons not to vacinate your child. In her article, “10 Reasons Not To Vaccinate”, she argues that all vaccines contain multiple toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, and thimerosal. She claims that all these chemicals can cause serious neurological damage, but Goldstein fails to provide recorded cases in which children have suffered neurological damage as a direct cause of harmful vacine chemicals.As the saying goes “ anything even water can be deadly in the right doses.
Vaccination should be required for all children enter school or daycare facilities because the risk of exposures is way higher than the side effects of a vaccine. Not only does it protects a community but prevent the return of a vaccine preventable disease, such as polio and measles. The people who are against vaccinating their child need to be educated more about how vaccines can protect their child lives and others. When a parent refuses due to philosophical reasons they must attend a course of the risk of not vaccinating their child. A parent should be required to do so every year that they refuse to
Third, vaccines are required in many states to be able to participate in public schools, colleges, or even camps. Vaccines are very important for you to be able to live to do the things you want to do. First, vaccines were created to prevent you from getting certain diseases, illnesses, or infections that can be deadly. For example there are tetanus, flu, or whooping cough vaccines that were created to prevent you from getting extremely common issues that you could be exposed to in your everyday life. Scientists have also researched these and determined these are examples of vaccines that need boosters in order for you to remain protected.
Schools and care services can deny the acceptance of children that do not have the appropriate immunizations. Vaccinations are generally covered by insurance, which makes it smarter to get the vaccination on time instead of not getting it and paying for treatments and hospital bills because of the disease. “Scientist have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids’ immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections” (Brown). If children’s immune systems are weak and they have to be in the hospital and/or have treatments that takes up more time and money than just getting the vaccination in the first place. With children staying in the hospital and having a low immune system it opens up more opportunities for them to get other diseases and illnesses.