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
The Pros and Cons of Vaccination Debates about the use of mandatory vaccination have received much attention in the last few years. Immunizations play an integral role in every parent’s life; the majority of parent’s decide to vaccinate without hesitation. People who decide to vaccinate because they believe that vaccination is safe and is one of the greatest health developments of the 20th century because vaccines have reduced or eradicated many childhood preventable diseases that once killed thousands of children; however, one primary argument espoused by opponents is that vaccines contain adverse side effects which can lead to serious illness or even death which is a violation of constitutional rights. Implication for mandatory vaccines, therefore, needs to include a debate on constitutional issues related to the use of vaccines with a focus on the provisions of the First Amendment. Although one may argue that mandatory vaccines should not be required for
Modern medicine provides people with the ability to protect themselves from the world’s most fatal diseases. Merely a century ago, it was not uncommon for a child to die as a result of diseases such as polio, pertussis, and tuberculosis. Today it is highly unlikely for a person to contract these diseases, let alone die from them. However, refusal of vaccinations has been increasing throughout the years. This is due to individual’s unfounded fears and imagined consequences associated with the idea of purposely inserting a disease into one’s body.
Those against mandatory vaccines deem that the chickenpox, measles, rubella and rotavirus all have symptoms that can be treated with oral medicines and creams. Vaccine-preventable diseases have not disappeared so vaccination is still necessary and the diseases that decreased tremendously were due to the impact of vaccines. The CDC notes that many vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the United States or "only a plane ride away." Although the paralytic form of polio has largely disappeared thanks to vaccination, the virus still exists in countries like Pakistan where there were 93 cases in 2013 and 71 in 2014 as of May 15. The polio virus can be incubated by a person without symptoms for years; that person can then accidentally infect an unvaccinated child or adult in whom the virus can mutate into its paralytic form and spread amongst unvaccinated people.
Children are the future. That is why it is important for them to receive the best healthcare as possible. However, there are some questions as to what is included in the best healthcare, including whether or not it is safe for children to be vaccinated. Questions arose when an article was published with alarming results that indicated vaccines could be the cause of autism in children. The disputed article lead to many anti-vaccine movements.
I have always believed that vaccines are mandatory and benefit more than harm. The Panic Virus has intensified my opinion and allowed me to understand the other party. While I disagree with the anti-vaccine movement and find most, if not all, of their actions and excuses absurd, I can see where they come from. If I were a parent, it will be worrying. Through the several stories in the book, the parents did observe the symptoms after their child received vaccination.
We know medicine is not one size fits all, and there will be risks for some people. Developments in HPV vaccines is important, not only for HPV prevention efforts, but also for the overall continued success of vaccination as one of public health 's most valuable
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
My brain just works differently than most other people’s. When people talk about vaccines and autism it makes me feel like I’m not a person but a ‘bad result.’ It reminds me that no one wants a kid like me and parents will risk their kid’s lives and everyone else’s just to make sure their kid doesn’t turn out like me.” Which makes me think not only the scientific part of this debate matters but also the human side to this too. There are three sides to this debate. The parents who don’t want to have an autistic child, the parents who do have an autistic child and the autistic children themselves. To some parents autism is the worst thing that can happen to their children.
In the United States of America, childhood immunizations have prevented an estimated twenty-one million hospitalizations and seven-hundred and twenty thousand lives among children born in the last twenty years (CDC). In recent discussions of childhood immunization, a controversial issue has been whether the amount and composition of these vaccines being administered intravenously, to enhance the body’s immunity, are in fact safe for the human body at such a vulnerable stage in its systematic development. Consequently, this has brought about a belief among a division of people who believe that their child shouldn’t be vaccinated. Anti-vaxxers commonly believe vaccinations can cause autism spectrum disorder, contain harmful ingredients that constitute
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,