A Research Study On My Annual Flu Vaccination

1042 WordsNov 14, 20165 Pages
Almost religiously I go to the CVS minute clinic to get my annual flu vaccination. Although the treatment was the same as every other time, something was different this year, the number of children at the clinic. This year, I noticed how few children were waiting at the clinic for a vaccination, and I thought to myself, why was that so. Then I though back to the years preceding, and I realized that almost every year, the number of children at the CVS dropped. My initial thought was that people were just becoming used to herd immunity, but then I realized that it was likely that parents were becoming wary of the potential side effects these vaccines could have on their children. This lead me to my quest on finding whether or not vaccines hurt society more than they helped. The first step I took in my expedition was increasing my understanding of vaccines and how they functioned. Luckily, since my major is microbiology, I have taken some courses that have given me a foundation to understanding vaccines. By simply googling how vaccines work, I found the CDC’s article thoroughly explaining the fundamentals of vaccines. Basically, “Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection. This type of infection, however, does not cause illness, but it does cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies.” By infecting yourself with a weakened infection, you essential gave your body a guide on how to defend if the real deal came through. Now this is where the
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