Edward Jenner and the Cowpox Vaccine

1771 WordsFeb 20, 20187 Pages
Most parents trust their pediatrician or family doctor more than anyone when it comes to the health of their child. However, many parents are beginning to question their doctor’s advice when it comes to vaccinating their children. After countless accusations of harmful effects of childhood vaccinations, some parents have decided to stop having their child vaccinated, putting not only their child, but the entire human population in danger. In 1796, Edward Jenner created a vaccine developed from the cowpox virus. He then gave this vaccine to a 13-year-old boy who was suffering from smallpox. The boy became immune to the smallpox disease and Jenner was named the founding father of vaccinations. After his discovery, vaccines were later created for Cholera, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Polio (“A Brief History”). Vaccines were developed in order to “trick” the body into making antibodies (“Understanding”). Using germs that are similar, but not harmful, to the disease a vaccine is trying to prevent, vaccines are able to mimic body responses by creating memory in the T and B helper cells that can help the body fight diseases before one develops symptoms of the illness (“Vaccines and Your Health”). The government supports and enforces vaccine use because it can take weeks for the body to naturally create enough antibodies to fight diseases, and therefore, it is dangerous to rely only on natural immunity (“Understanding”). The controversy regarding vaccinations originated after
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