The vaccination debate: Reasons for vaccination
The recent measles outbreak affected 1,250 individual cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 3, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase in cases this year is due to the number of unvaccinated people. The outbreak has magnified the discussion of whether people should be vaccinating their kids and themselves.
People don’t believe in vaccinations for multiple different reasons such as overloading the immune system, increased risk of autism and unsafe toxins in the vaccines. However, all of these theories have been debunked.
The term coined by the public for people who don’t vaccinate their children or themselves is called anti-vaxxers. The idea of not vaccinating American children has been around since the smallpox vaccination was being used in large numbers in the 1800s. The criticism then was based on sanitary, religious and political objections, according to History Of Vaccines.org.
The FDA approves and makes sure every vaccine is safe before they go out to the public. The FDA tests out vaccines in three phases. Phase one takes 20-100 healthy volunteers and learns about how safe and how intense the side effects are. Phase two takes several hundred volunteers to learn how much to dose. The last phase takes thousands of volunteers that have been vaccinated to see how the newest vaccine works when a person has been vaccinated with something else beforehand.
Vaccinations are safe and protect people from serious diseases, and not getting vaccinated can cause the diseases to spread to people who have already been vaccinated or people who are too young or too old to get vaccinated. This concept is called community immunity or herd immunity. And it’s an important reason for everyone’s family to get vaccinated so the community remains healthy.
Another worry is being allergic to any vaccinating. Most reactions are very minor such as a sore arm and very low-key side effects. Just 33 people had a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis,out of 25 million vaccines given, according to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People also believe that vaccinations do nothing and do not protect the body. However, the world health organization reports 85-95 percent of childhood vaccines are successful.
Since vaccines were invented, the number of babies and adults who get sick or die from vaccine-preventable diseases has gone way down — and some diseases have been wiped out altogether in the United States.
People also believe maintaining one’s cleanliness and having good hyenine will fight diseases along with develop a natural immunity for oneself. Vaccines are much safer and are much less of a risk. Natural immunity happens after illness with a disease.
Of course, there some instances where people shouldn’t get vaccinated or wait before getting vaccinated such as pre-existing diseases or age.
Overall everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated should. Vaccinations are safe and keep the community safe from deadly diseases. It’s been proven that they work, the dangers are very low risk and the benefits they offer are worth the danger.