The vaccine, unfortunately has never been completely trusted. Some people who feel skeptical of vaccines are parents, and refuse to vaccinate their children. Although people may argue they should have the freedom to decide whether to get vaccinated; too many people refusing vaccines will cause consequences such as fatal outbreaks and costs. Although it is necessary everyone receives vaccines to become immune to diseases; a population can protect unvaccinated people. That is if 98% of the population in an area is vaccinated. The percentage of people that are up to date on their vaccinations is known as herd immunity. Health professionals prefer herd immunity be at least 98%; if the percentage decreases the population cannot protect the
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Protecting a child’s health is very important to parents! That is why they should vaccinate them as young children. All children should be required to have vaccinations in order to start school in every state. Each year about 85% of the world’s youth receive vaccines that protect them against several diseases like tuberculosis, pneumococcus, and many more. Even with great success and improvements with vaccinations, more than 3 million people die each year from
As more and more vaccinations are being set in place for our children to receive, the society including parents, caregivers, teachers and even researchers begin to develop fears about whether or not they are truly safe for children. Researchers have argued that vaccinations could potentially be unnecessary for our children. Due to studies that show that the targeted diseases have essentially disappeared. This raises the question of why children are still required to receive large amounts of vaccinations at a young age. Another argument focuses on the financial motives. A statement released talked about the government benefiting trillions of dollars from vaccinations since 1994 (Whitney).
Mandatory vaccinations have been hotly debated in the United States for over two centuries, making the argument almost as old as the country itself. As early as 1809, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate the world’s premiere vaccine. Authorities recognized the life-saving benefits of the smallpox vaccine. They chose to require inoculation to protect the community from further outbreaks. Public outrage ensued as some community members feared the new vaccine and believed they should be able to choose if they wished to receive it. The most vocal protestors formed anti-compulsory vaccination groups and were successful in getting laws overturned in many states. However, even the United States Supreme Court has upheld states’ rights to require immunization. (A) Vaccinations should be
The most commonly cited reason why parents decide to not vaccinate their children is due to their belief that vaccines cause harm11. In a survey that looked at risk perception with vaccines, researches found that while 94% of individuals surveyed had vaccinated or plan on vaccinating their children, only 23% of participants had no concerns about the vaccines16. This reiterates the point that even though there are high rates of vaccination in the United States,
“As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox, some of which are vaccine preventable” (Parker 1). This quote by vaccine advocate Amy Parker, a woman who was not vaccinated as a child, shows just a glimpse into the life of an unvaccinated individual. Parents who do not vaccinate their children claim many different reasons for their decision. Three of the most popular reasons are: religious grounds, health problems as a result from vaccines, and the belief that the illnesses are rare. Each of these reasons can be proven as nonessential in the anti-vaccine argument.
The anti-vaccination sentiment exists worldwide, with activists arguing that vaccines are ineffective with a high risk of side effects, encouraging people to forgo immunization, including the influenza inoculation. Conversely, I wonder if these same activists would promote anti-immunization and anti-influenza inoculation to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for health care providers and medical personnel, especially countries with high infectious disease rates and high risk assessment of influenza with pandemic potential. Moreover, would these activists be willing to promote these individuals rights to perform their specialties in the United States without proper vaccinations? The answer to the question is not by any means. Nevertheless, a person deciding whether to be
Eighty to ninety percent of the population needs to be vaccinated to prevent the potential spread of a disease (percent depends on the infectiousness of the disease). Another valid reason to vaccinate oneself is to create a secure blanket of immune people to protect the unfortunate individuals without the choice of becoming vaccinated. The strategy of protecting others who have not received vaccinations is called herd immunity, which is a more essential reason to become vaccinated compared to only protecting oneself. Those who cannot receive vaccinations are people that have severe allergic reactions to the preservatives in vaccines and younger children. In a Ted Talk, Romina Libster explains the importance of herd immunity, “People who are
The topic of getting a vaccine could cause a great deal of controversy depending on who you may discuss it with, but getting vaccinations should be a moral obligation. The members of the Anti-Vaccination Movement specifically would not fully agree with doctors and researchers claiming these vaccines to be safe.1 It is true that vaccines have a minimal chance, about 1-5% in children,2 of inducing the disease into the recipient due to it being a modified version of the disease and a fail of immunization. With the knowledge of statistics about failed immunizations and incorrect information gained from others or even the internet, it's understandable why the AVM3 is established and growing. The fear and risk of getting a vaccine for these reasons
Another reason is because people are fearful of receiving vaccinations. After 9/11 there was public fear of bioterrorism, where someone would put harmful ingredients into vaccinations. Others were afraid of the government warnings of the bird flu crossing the species barrier to infected humans. Then there was the fear of the MMR vaccine causing problems related to autism. All these problems made people very concerned about vaccinations. The advantages and disadvantages being told really make people wonder.
Some people are unable to be vaccinated for health reasons, but herd immunity can protect them. Herd immunity can be classified as the resistance to the spread of a contagious disease due to a high enough percentage of the population being immune or immunized against the disease (Carroll). A great example of this comes from varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Unfortunately, the varicella vaccine is not certified to be given to an infant under the age of one, but while the infants cannot be protected by the vaccine directly, young babies can be protected by herd immunity. Since the development of the varicella vaccine, there have been minimal deaths of children from chickenpox because of the protection against it from herd immunity (Carroll). Another example of people that are protected by herd immunity are people who are immune deficient. People whose immune systems are compromised are unable to receive some vaccines. Typically, people who fall under this spectrum include those who are receiving chemotherapy, the elderly, and others who are immunocompromised. Would people knowingly refuse vaccinations if they knew it could kill their grandparents? Or their friends? Or even their newborn baby? It is questionable whether or not people think through all the risks before becoming contentious objectors against vaccinations. People protecting themselves also is able to protect those who cannot protect themselves
Vaccinating a child can be a very scary decision to make. There are so many possible outcomes as to what could happen. People have argued for years whether vaccinations save lives or destroy them. Can we find a common ground? Now, we will take a deeper look into this argument and can decided for ourselves what we believe.
Parents often wonder whether or not to get their kids vaccinated. Many parents think that it is a waste of time and money and some even don't believe in it for religious reasons. According to voices for vaccines, up to 40% of parents reject vaccinations for their children.
If populations were to adopt a high enough vaccination rate, they would create a herd immunity. Herd immunity, or community immunity is the concept that describes how a population can be protected against diseases even if everyone does not receive the vaccine. As explained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services in their article titled “Vaccines Protect Your Community”, when a population experiences an outbreak of a fast spreading disease, it is important to have an immunity established so that germs do not easily spread from person to person; however, this can only be accomplished through a herd immunity (1). This is important because communities will be less likely to get sick and it protects those who are not physically able
All 50 states require vaccinations for children to enter kindergarten. These mandated vaccinations protect children from various diseases, such as, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, etc. These are contagious diseases that are contracted by casual contact within a school setting and have resulted in many deaths prior to the introduction of the vaccine. Mandating these vaccinations was the only solution to prevent the disease from spreading. In recent years the side effects of these vaccinations have been in question. Every child is unique and their bodies respond differently to each vaccination. Therefore, it is crucial to educate parents about all vaccinations and possible side effects. An informed parent has the right to decide whether to have their child vaccinated and when to have their child vaccinated. In 2006 the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced to the vaccination repertoire for 11-12 year old females and in 2010 for same aged males (Keim-Malpass,29). This vaccination is now mandated in Rhode Island, Virginia, and The District of Columbia. This vaccination unlike the other mandated vaccinations is to prevent the spread of a sexually transmitted disease, which is not contracted casually in a school setting. Mandating the HPV vaccine has created much controversy.