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. Good morning everyone, my name is Nihad and today I will be talking about the dangers of the anti vaccination movement and I hope by the end of this speech, you will be persuaded to get immunized and in turn safeguard the health of the future generations. After vaccinations have been introduced, several disease incidences have been controlled and some fatal illnesses have been completely eradicated; an advancement that is currently under threat due to the anti vaccination movement. According to Alexandra Le Tellier from the LA Times, 1/3rd of kindergarteners are not up to date with their vaccinations.
One single vaccination has the power to stop detrimental diseases from spreading, and because of this, their creation is considered one of the greatest medical triumphs of modern civilization. Many childhood diseases such as Measles, Mumps and Rubella were very common prior to vaccinations. However, thanks to the use of vaccinations, these diseases are now very rare. Vaccinations have become mandatory for children to enter schools, daycare, and preschools. The efficiency of these vaccinations is dependent on the amount of people who have become vaccinated in a population.
Many individuals would get sick and without the proper medicine or cure their chances of survival were slim. Thankfully, scientists began research with the aid of animals. These measures led to several vaccines that would save thousands of lives. Life expectancy rose as the number of vaccines rose. “Millions of people were immunized against smallpox, polio, and major childhood killers such as measles, which in turn, led to a sixty percent increase in children reaching adulthood between 1850-1900” (Living Longer).
“Without vaccine protection, we can easily contract and transmit infectious diseases. It may only take one person, whether it’s a family member, a neighbor, or a visitor from another country, to start the spread of a disease” (Williams 19). That’s how diseases get spread around and people get more
Each year in the U.S., 50,000 adults die from a disease that could have easily been prevented if they simply got vaccinated. Also, most vaccines are for deadly diseases; if someone neglects getting vaccinated, that makes them very vulnerable. Vaccines are a very safe way to prevent illness. In fact, each vaccine has to pass through a major inspection to make
Getting vaccinated does have some risks, however they do save many lives. Vaccines have saved over 2.5 million children (Pro-Con). Around 2-3 million deaths a year are prevented by vaccines (Who). People who are vaccinated avoid potentially fatal diseases including mumps, measles, and whooping cough. If the world as a whole can demolish the most fatal diseases, the generations after them would not have to worry.
At present, there are over twenty various diseases in the US and over fifty available vaccinations. (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.) The benefits far out way the risks of not vaccinating. A number of reasons are: it reduces the spread of the disease and lowers the possibility of infection. Reading the article on Whooping cough and the outbreak in Kentucky supports the argument that vaccinations are tremendously essential. “In February 2012, officials in Ocean County, NJ had 14 confirmed cases of whooping cough and were investing more.”
http://vaccines.procon.org/#background ProCon.org. (2015, October 9). Vaccines ProCon.org. Retrieved from http://vaccines.procon.org/ According to this article which focuses on should any vaccines be a requirement for children, it brings up the point that although no federal law required vaccinations, however every state requires certain vaccinations in order to enter the public school system.
In the United States there was a goal to vaccinate all of the children before they reached the age of one (Graham, 20), this main goal was wished for the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, the United States never truly had a proper approach when it came to vaccinating (Graham, 20). With the goal straying further and further from reality the United States had decided to completely stop keeping track of how many children were being vaccinated in 1985 (Graham, 20). Once the government gave up then so did the people, more and more parents took the courageous step and stopped vaccinating their children.
The influenza pandemic was devastating among those infected and was responsible for the death of 675,000 Americans and 50 million people all over the world in 1918. As a result of this devastation, vaccines were formulated to prevent future outbreak of deadly and viral diseases, some becoming required by law. However, today many people have decided to boycott any form of vaccination whether it be for their children, or even their pets, due to the modern theory that they may weaken new immune systems. History has proven over time that vaccinations are absolutely effective in preventing dangerous strains of illnesses while saving countless lives since their creation and should be given to all children and at-risk adults.
To begin with, I honestly didn’t know the importance of vaccination. After watching Calling The Shots, I truly believe that vaccines can save many lives and prevent a lot of diseases. I am now aware of the epidemics that are surfacing the air. It is mind-boggling that many of these diseases, travel in the air and anyone can be affected if they are not shielded. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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.
Vaccines are able to prevent disease in a single child, but their usefulness to society lies in their ability to prevent outbreaks. Vaccines prevent disease through the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity is the idea that a disease will have a harder time spreading if the majority of the population is unable to contract it (Martinez). For example, if more than 90 percent of people are vaccinated against measles, an outbreak is unlikely to happen even if a person in the community is infected (Oster).
Vaccines have notoriously been a controversial topic throughout the news world. Mothers and fathers are faced with the decision of whether or not they should vaccinate their children. Depending upon where your children will be attending school, vaccinating may not be a choice but rather a requirement. The country in which you live can also be a key factor as to whether or not vaccines are available. People living in impoverished countries may not have access to vaccines. Due to this lack of access, impoverished countries typically have a much higher prevalence of preventable diseases. Vaccines have a direct impact to the increasing age expectancy throughout the world, which is why I am pro-vaccine.