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
Learning about vaccinations and their correlations this past week reminded me of a high school class I had long ago. There was a unit on eugenetics in the eighth grade where my teacher Mr. Howk showed us the movie Gattaca. Gattaca exists in a fictional world where parents can choose what traits they want their children to have and scientists can alter the zygote so that can happen. Mr. Howk explained that this would be the greatest thing scientists could achieve, if this were to become real. “We could get rid of mental and physical disorders while children are still in the womb!
There has been a huge controversy concerning vaccination for children from many parents. Many parents had different reason on why they were for or against vaccination. Some for religious purposes, concerned about the long-term side effects. Most parents feel that vaccine is poison. The fact that doctors are injecting something into their child can be terrifying.
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.
On May 14, 1746, Edward Jenner, administered the world’s first vaccination. He created a preventive treatment for smallpox, a disease that had killed millions of people over the centuries. Every since the first vaccination was introduced there has been controversy about children being obligated to be vaccinated. In the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists following Jenner’s model developed new vaccines to fight numerous deadly diseases, including polio, whooping cough, measles, tetanus, yellow fever, typhus, and hepatitis B, and many others (History, A&E 2016). Vaccinations as brought many moral, ethical, and safety concerns to the parents of children.
Furthermore, the cold fusion incident, along with many other incidents involving pseudoscience and non-science has harmed the reputation of scientists and the scientific community as a whole. With a countless amount of pseudoscience’s and non-sciences “posing as science,” the credibility of what science actually is and the scientific community is at risk (Hansson). When scientists spend their whole day in a lab conducting experiments trying to figure out a cure for cancer or how to better protect the environment, they should not be discredited or take the blame for neither the misconduct of others and/or the spreading of false information that has not been approved by the scientific community. According to the article “What Is Psuedoscience?” by Michael Shermer where he quotes Michael D. Gordin, a historian of science from Princeton University, he reiterates that “No one in the history of the world has ever self-identified as a pseudoscientist” (Gordin).
In the first article I read listed the vaccine laws for all fifty states, and the pros and cons of making it mandatory for every to get certain vaccines. Some of the pros where saving parents money in the long run if the child contracts an illness there is a vaccine for, they protect unborn children is a mother has gotten these vaccines, and they can save children’s lives. Come of the cons are there are ingredients that are morally wrong in some cultures, the Sid effects of these vaccines can have serious of fatal side effects, and some vaccines have harmful ingredients. There is a lot of concern among parents and schools because if student are going to school with another student who is not vaccinated there can be an outbreak of a certain
Overall, vaccinating children has many positive benefits. All the little side effects that come along with it are nothing compared to what could be with an illness. The scientific research and facts all support getting vaccinated. When choosing to not vaccinate, a child is being put in harms way. There are many risks that come along with not vaccinating.
The epidemic of smallpox is one of the most groundbreaking moments in medical history. It created the usage of vaccination to be extremely normal. Smallpox had manages to kill millions of people, which was a large part of the population at the time. So when a Edward Jenner came up with a vaccine that could treat it and doctors were easily able to diagnose people with it. It only took around fourteen year to see that smallpox was no longer something people needed to fear.
To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate A common issue that has caused much controversy in America is immunization. Vaccine safety is constantly debated in today’s media. Various topics that have been given attention lately are the connections between autism and certain vaccines, the legal requirements for vaccines in some states, and other interests. Although “vaccines face a tougher safety standard than most pharmaceutical products,” researchers and concerned parents continue to challenge the claims of certain medical personnel that immunizations are safe (Kwok 436).