Many people choose to rely on what is known as “herd immunity” to protect their children from infectious diseases. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases describes herd immunity by saying that when a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease (NIAID 2010).
Against There are many groups in society that strongly disagree with immunisations and feel that they are not beneficial. These people therefore refuse to get immunised and remain unimmunised. A worker in a retirement home states that colleagues of hers ended up having time off of work after the flu vaccine. “The flu vaccine was introduced as a free vaccine to health care workers 21 years ago and I chose not to have it and I ended up working overtime, filling in for people who had gone off sick after
INTRODUCTION Vaccination is widely considered one of the greatest medical achievements of modern civilization (Harvard Law School, 2007). Childhood deaths from infectious diseases were commonplace less than a generation ago; however they’re now increasingly rare due to vaccines. In order to be effective at eliminating communicable diseases, vaccines must be administrated to a sufficient level of people in the community. However, there has been plenty of controversy over the morality, ethics, effectiveness