Vaccinations have been actively used for over 200 years now and have been effective for over 200 years as well. Western medicine’s introduction to the practice is said to have occurred within the eighteenth century, when a traveling British aristocrat, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, reported her observations of Turkish children being injected with pus from smallpox victims. Although this practice seemed quite harsh, most of these children would contract only a mild version of the illness. In return, these recipients would retain a lifelong immunity to this terrible disease (World of Microbiology & Immunology). Similarly, in the United States, a Puritan minister by the name of Cotton Mather learned about inoculation from his African slave, Onesimus. Onesimus claimed that he was inoculated with smallpox pus and never caught the tragic disease (Williams). This type of medicinal treatment was initially rejected by most Western practitioners. They felt it was a dangerous and barbarous practice, but vaccination gained a tremendous amount of support at the turn of the nineteenth century when English physician Edward Jenner created a new smallpox vaccine derived from the relatively mild cowpox virus (Riedel). There’s no doubt that history has shown the positive outcomes of immunization and continued to show them as technology and medicine progressed.
Vaccines should be mandated because they do not only protect us but they protect our future generations by eliminating the spread of disease. Throughout the years, vaccines have eliminated and reduced certain disease that have killed and disabled people in the past. Smallpox, an infectious disease that occurred in the 4th century AD, is an example that killed over thousands of people and left others with severe scars. Thanks to the use of vaccinations, Smallpox was eradicated, meaning it now does not exist. In 1796 a physician named Edward Jenner decided to prove a theory when there was a disease called “smallpox” that began to kill millions of people. Cowpox, related to smallpox was a less serious disease that milkmaids caught through exposure of infected cows. Milkmaids who contracted cowpox were immune to smallpox. What Jenner did was take some infected cowpox and exposed it to a cut in a boys arm. Once the boy recovered, Jenner exposed him to smallpox through injection and the first vaccine was born. Edward Jenner's work was the first to control an infectious disease by the use of vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “on May 8, 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly officially declared the world
The choice to vaccinate a child holds much debate in society today. As a person that lives in America, you may feel it is your right to be able to choose what medical needs and necessities you would want for your child or yourself. “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting 29 doses of 9 vaccines (plus a yearly flu shot after six months old) for kids aged 0 to six. No US federal laws mandate vaccination, but all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public schools. Even though vaccines are considered extremely safe there are cases where in some people have a type of allergic reaction. Most states offer medical and religious exemptions; and some states allow philosophical exemptions” (Wadman, 2017). This point calls for a lot of debate, both in the scholarly world and among average citizens. Some people claim that such medical conditions, such as autism are the result of over vaccinating or dosing at early ages of development. Reasons on the topic vary, and concerns can end up in long legal disputes. Such disputes have raised the question of vaccine safety, prevention, and government intervention.
Vaccinations have been actively used for over 200 years now and have been effective for over 200 years as well. Western medicine’s introduction to the practice is said to have occurred within the eighteenth century, when a traveling British aristocrat, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, reported her observations of Turkish children being injected with pus from smallpox victims. Although this practice seemed quite harsh, most of these children would contract only a mild version of the illness. In return, these recipients would retain a lifelong immunity to this terrible disease (World of Microbiology & Immunology). Similarly, in the United States, a Puritan clergyman by the name of Cotton Mather learned about inoculation from his African slave, Onesimus. Onesimus claimed that he was inoculated with smallpox pus and never caught the tragic disease (Williams). This type of medicinal treatment was initially rejected by most Western practitioners. They felt it was a dangerous and barbarous practice, but vaccination gained a tremendous amount of support at the turn of the nineteenth century when English physician Edward Jenner created a new smallpox vaccine derived from the relatively mild cowpox virus (Riedel). There’s no doubt that history has shown the positive outcomes of immunization and continued to show them as technology and medicine progressed.
Worldwide, 1 in 10 infants do not receive any vaccinations; this equates to 12.9 million unprotected, vulnerable, new born babies. To put this into perspective the population of Illinois is approximately 12.8 million. The controversy of governments requiring vaccinations has led to misconceptions about vaccines and their potential risks. Although parents argue that it is their right to choose whether their child should receive vaccinations, they need to be a requirement for all children to ensure safety of the child and the public. Some parents decide not to vaccinate their child due to them believing that they are unsafe and that the side effects of vaccines are worse than the actual disease; however, vaccines are crucial to the safety and well-being of their child's life. Life-saving vaccines have been around for several years, and many major medical organizations deem them safe; vaccines not only protect individuals, but protect “herds;” and as a result of vaccinations many diseases have been nearly or fully eradicated. Some opponents may argue that vaccines can cause life-threatening allergic reactions; however, these reactions are extremely rare and vaccines save exponentially more children than they harm.
Parents are always challenged with the question, to vaccinate their child or not? Some might say it is one of the most stressful questions they might have to ask themselves after becoming a parent. A possible reason most parents struggle with deciding to vaccinate their child or not: they face the fear whether their child might get diagnosed with Autism when they are vaccinated. There also lies the fear that children might acquire those deadly and harmful viruses that are injected into their immune system. Generally, most people believe that vaccines should be enforced to receive worldwide; as in, kids should not be able to enter schools until they have proof that they were vaccinated. Just like how dogs are supposed to receive shots to prevent rabies, every human should keep up with all of their shots in order to prevent terrible diseases to make a comeback globally. Vaccines should become mandatory because they are known to increase life expectancy worldwide, they prevent the spread of deadly viruses and diseases, and the consequences outweigh the slim risks that could be caused.
Vaccinations are one of the greatest medical achievements known to man. Diseases that may have been occurring decades ago, are now increasingly rare because of vaccines. Measles, polio, rotavirus, pertussis (whooping cough), neuropils influenza, diphtheria, and several other illnesses are prevented due to the phenomenon that is a vaccine. Sixteen types of diseases are now preventable, and lifespan has increased thirty years thanks to vaccines. However, there have been several arguments about the vaccine between parents and physicians for as long as the vaccine has existed. There have been various conspiracies that have been researched online. The most argued theory is: “The MMR shot is a cause of Autism”. Even though doctors have backed up that this statement is not true with medical evidence, parents seem to still go against their physician’s advice and don’t get their children vaccinated. The decision to not vaccinate a child has been a controversial issue widely discussed. Not vaccinating a child may seem like a safe and healthier route, but in reality, it may be the most harmful option.
Why are vaccines such a big deal? Well, it is all about public health. No one really wants to catch an illness that can infect other people that sends a chain reaction into the public, making everybody sick. That is why there are doctors and researchers that spend their time coming up with vaccines that can help prevent illnesses.Vaccines are one of the many topics that has been disputed for years. Some people believe that vaccines help prevent illnesses such as mumps, chickenpox, influenza, and even polio. Some believe that vaccines don't have any health benefits, but instead they trigger another illness. There are different methods of vaccine delivery, like using a needle and injecting the vaccine or inhaling it by spraying a mist up into the receivers nose. Sometimes, a person is required to get vaccinations before starting school and sometimes, a person can decide whether to get a vaccination before traveling out of the country. There are so many types of vaccinations. Some of which are are optional, while some are mandatory.
We live in a country where not only adults, but children are being forced to take different vaccines for the “safety” of other children. Some vaccines of course are necessary; however, there is one vaccine on the market that children are being forced to take. This vaccine is known as the MMR vaccine also known as, the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. This vaccine used to be three separate vaccines until the 1970’s when they decided to combine them to make them more convenient for parents. Ever since these vaccines were combined, the rate of autism has gone up exponentially. Parents do not have a choice to have their child receive three separate shots and are being forced to give their child the combines MMR shot. Vaccines are also not tested as thoroughly as pharmaceutical drugs. So how do you know if this vaccine is safe to give your children? You don’t. People should have the choice to give their children the MMR vaccine all at once or as separate shots for precautionary measures. This vaccine should also be vigorously tested the same way as pharmaceutical drugs for the safety of all children.
Imagine living in the year 1950. The public pool is closed; movie theatres are shut down; camps and schools deserted; water fountains are avoided. All of this done in an attempt to prevent the contraction of polio –a potentially deadly and debilitating disease. Fortunately, you live in the year 2018 where polio, and other diseases, are able to be prevented with the simplest of actions. Vaccinations. Vaccinations are key in preventing many illnesses such as polio, measles, and whooping cough. Additionally, widespread vaccination can help to prevent unvaccinated people from contracting life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, according to statistics from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, nearly 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die of vaccine preventable diseases every year. Even though these illnesses are easily prevented, some parents still refuse to vaccinate their children because of fear of adverse effects. Parents should be required to have their children vaccinated unless a medical exemption applies because vaccines prevent harmful diseases and spread herd immunity.
Although there has been testing results to show the improvement vaccines have made parents has divided when it comes to vaccinating their children. Today having your children vaccinated seems to be the typical protocol from the beginning as an infant, up until the time of becoming young adults. Children should be required to be vaccinated because the science behind the tested vaccines show proof on paper the benefits it has implemented on our country. However, you have some parents who question if their child is being put at risk.
The topic whether Vaccines are harmful or beneficial has become a very controversial topic. Vaccines are some type of substance in which is made as antibiotics to provide immunity to the human body against harmful and even deathly diseases. In this controversial topic, we see two sides of the topic, one is those who believe that vaccines are beneficial and the other side which believe the opposite which is that vaccines are harmful and have side effects. Even though Vaccines have been proven to help from clearing diseases, people seem to believe that vaccines cause problems and risks to people that take them. I will be providing 3 articles which represent why vaccines are really no harmful and have been beneficial to us human. Also, other 3 articles which will be providing information in which why people believe vaccines are such a harmful substance to the human body.
Diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, small pox, and mumps are several diseases that have become unfamiliar to many nowadays. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, these illnesses struck and killed thousands of people worldwide, targeting mostly children. Today, these diseases remain forgotten due to vaccines. A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity against a type of disease. Vaccinations are beneficial because they train the immune system to resist a new pathogenic without exposing us to the disease by producing antibodies to fight it. Whereas before vaccinations, in order to be fully immune from an illness you had to catch the disease, and hopefully survive it. However, despite the positivity that comes out of being vaccinated, their are still certain individuals who do not believe vaccines are as beneficial as they are said to be. This indeed is a false accusation because vaccines can save a child’s life, the ingredients in the vaccine are proven to be safe in the amount used, vaccines saves time and money , and they are proven to protect future generations.
The choice to vaccinate is becoming a topic of high controversy, many are pondering on where vaccines originated, the true benefits of vaccinations, the risks that are withheld, and whether or not there are links to those who have gotten exemptions from getting vaccinated is affecting others around them. Many upcoming families are coming in contact with the choice to vaccinate. Children are being denied their rights of education, because they have not gotten the required vaccines to enter public school.