“Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child’s death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections.” (Emanuel)
According to the World Health Organization, there are 25 vaccine preventable diseases, 2.5 million child lives saved by vaccinations and 0 linked casualties from vaccinations.
Since infants and young children are very vulnerable and lack independence, healthy physical development is dependent on protecting them from outside harms. Vaccines protect not just the child being vaccinated but also other children who may not be vaccinated. Some children cannot receive vaccines due to health conditions, such as child with allergies or a deficient immune system. These children are at risk for catching devastating illnesses when they come in contact with unvaccinated children. When parents have their children vaccinated it is good for the health of both the vaccinated children and other children in the
Anti-vaccine supporters strongly protest against vaccines primarily because they contain harmful ingredients. Indeed, this is true, but many pro-vaccine supporters urge that these ingredients are found in such minuscule quantities that they are deemed harmless. In fact, they claim that “Children are exposed to more aluminum in breast milk and infant formula than they are exposed to in vaccines.” Not to mention, the CDC and the FDA insist that vaccines are thoroughly tested and made safe. Although countless anti-vaccine protesters believe that vaccines are the origin of many autism cases, there is no definite evidence proving a link between vaccinations and autism. In 1998, scientist Andrew Wakefield published an article stating that his experiment has proven that vaccines cause autism. Eventually, it was uncovered that lawyers paid Wakefield hundreds of thousands of dollars to forge the results of his experiment, reinforcing the fact that there is no proof that vaccines cause autism. Furthermore, anaphylaxis occurs in only “one per several hundred to one per million vaccinations” ("Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"). On the other hand, “Studies have shown that influenza vaccine is 70 percent to 90 percent effective in healthy adults younger than 65” (Bren). Due to vaccines, millions of children are
Mandatory vaccinations for children in public schools have been the center of much debate since laws were first developed to regulate immunization. Fears from parents about side effects and adverse reactions have steered many away from wanting to vaccinate their children despite the numerous infectious diseases they prevent. These debates have gotten in the way of progression in schools for preventing the spread of disease. To me, the risks of not vaccinating children are far greater than the risks of adverse reactions. Parents who don’t vaccinate their children put them and others at risk because it allows normally preventable disease to continue to spread.
Many people may think that vaccination is a bad thing, that instead of preventing it causes illness, that is not natural. Natural or not, there are many reasons as to why we should vaccinate us and the younger generation. Most of the time children don’t like vaccination because it hurt, but is the responsibility of a parent to seek the wellbeing of his or her child. Vaccination it’s a preventive measure of various diseases. Unfortunately, things like the anti-vaccination movement, the misinformation on the Internet, and the believe that vaccination causes more damage than is worth, have led our society to think that it’s right not to vaccinate.
One of the organizations that feels this way is the United States Health and Human Services. This author has stated, “ Children in the U.S. still get vaccine-preventable diseases. In fact, we have seen resurgences of measles and whooping cough (pertussis) over the past few years. In 2010 the U.S. had over 21,000 cases of whooping cough reported and 26 deaths, most in children younger than 6 months.” With that being stated many families may consider pursuing to get their children vaccinated instead of worrying about these deadly diseases. Due to some diseases that have taken thousands of children's lives, vaccines have eliminated diseases completely and others are close to being extinct too. In the article, “Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child,” the Department of Health and Human Services takes a firm stand on the importance of getting a child vaccinated and how it can potentially save the lives of thousands of children in the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services believes that vaccines will save children’s lives. The article states, while some people choose not to vaccinate their children because of possible side effects that are associated with them or the harmful ingredients that are in the vaccine, that is minor compared to the actual disease they are protecting against. The Department of Health and Human Services argues that vaccines are safe and effective. The article states that there are some ingredients in the vaccines that could be harmful to children. The author is firm on the fact that the dosage has been studied by many medical professionals and is given in such a small amount; it is not harmful to children. The Department of Health and Human Services claims in the United States children still do get vaccine-preventable diseases. The Department of Health and Human
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. Parents understood immunization as an artificial intrusion into the natural development of the immune system. Other parents believe they should be able to make health care decisions for their child on their own terms. They view it as a loss of freedom to not dictate what is injected into their children’s bodies. While these parents
how beneficial vaccinating is and the lives that vaccines have saved, but the consequences are
Introduction: "Go to vaccinate" my mum said. I believed that almost everyone ever heard this phrase many times when you were child. "Why to vaccinate" I always doubt it? And believed that anybody doubt it too. Vaccinate is preventing severe disease in children that aims to thwart the spread and reduce the devastating of the disease and I think it's a good thing to do. But recently, there was news that a number of parents in the U.S
Childhood vaccinations have become one of the most effective ways in preventing transmittable diseases. However, parent concerns surrounding their effectiveness, risks, need and safety has sparked a number of individuals to refuse childhood vaccination for their children As a result, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to increase. With the surrounding controversy, this topic has become a very thought-provoking argument. Although some parents choose not to vaccinate their children, childhood vaccinations should be made mandatory because they protect children from deadly diseases, protect other children too young to be vaccinated or those who have compromised immune systems, and they are also safe and effective.
Vaccines are made from all different ingredients and if a concern parent is involved in vaccinations then the parent should know everything about the vaccination. For example if a child has a allergic reaction to the shot but does not cause autism, he just gets light headed or a few bumps then maybe those are side effects. Side effects are better because the child may feel ill for a few days but that does not mean he will have autism or some form of it Nelson states the “WHO and other aid organizations helped to drive home the necessity of controlling diseases in developing countries” (Nelson 712). The World Health Organization controls the diseases and tries to not cause autism to children. Scientist also study the rates and ratios on vaccines too. Looking over the rates of recommended vaccinations for children are most important as well. Parents need proof if they do not believe the doctors or nurses when they recommend or suggest a certain vaccine to keep their child alive, Nesson argues that “ Parents often blame their religious or moral to not vaccine”. When religious gets involved it makes a mess out of the argumentations of the beliefs the “Rates of children receiving the highest recommended vaccines- diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles- have remained steady” gets more tricking because the parents believe their religion but the same time they want desperately for their child to be healthy so most turn their back at look at recommendations and ratios. The most common in any parents’ concerned brain is the how the rates show up on the charts. Not just parents, any Parent Guardian will deny medication and there are always questions and good points on the Cons side of
Similarly, a study examining under immunization of children interviewed parents/guardians of children eighteen to thirty-five months old. The researchers gathered consent to contact all vaccination providers for the child and then surveys were sent to the providers. There were 1,015 control subjects who are defined as fully immunized children. Case subjects totaled to 462 and were defined as under immunized children, (Battaglia; Gust; Maurice; Schwartz; Smith; Strine; Wilkonson; Wright; Yusuf 2004). The results of the research determined that socioeconomic status and family-size influence vaccination beliefs and status. According to the researchers listed above, “although concerns were significantly more common among parents of under immunized children, many parents of fully immunized children demonstrated similar attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, suggesting a risk to the currently high vaccination levels,” (p. 6). Like the results above, Deborah Gust and Allison Kennedy (2005) learned that the majority of parents agree that vaccines are safe and important but some still felt uneasy about vaccine safety and its usefulness. Still, seventy-three percent of parents believed vaccines are safe and eighty-six percent of parents believed vaccines are
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 due to the anti-vaccination movement. This movement declares mandatory vaccines unconstitutional and vaccinations overall as the cause of autism. Unfortunately, the anti-vaccination movement is becoming increasingly popular due to individuals’ unfounded fears and imagined consequences associated with the idea of purposely inserting a disease into one’s body. However, despite one’s beliefs, vaccines are essential not only to a person’s well-being, but to the health of those around them. Mandatory vaccinations do not cause autism; rather, they save lives while upholding values of
“The use of vaccines has greatly reduced the morbidity and mortality attributable to several childhood diseases. Childhood vaccinations remain some of the most favorable and cost-effective prevention strategies available,” states Matthew Davis, the Chief of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern Medicine, in a 2002 research study done in many different countries (Davis et al. 1982). Childhood vaccinations have allowed the world to be where it is today by saving lives and preventing disease. However, research has shown that vaccines do cost a substantial amount of money and could potentially cause doctors and pediatricians to lose money upon administration. This difference in opinion about