Questions On Immunity And Vaccines

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Ana Duenez
Ms. Polzien
Medical Terminology 1
March 9, 2015
Immunity and Vaccines Immunity is the ability of an organism to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies and the ability to be able to fight off a virus or disease. Vaccines are a substance that is injected into the body to help a person prevent against certain diseases or a virus. Vaccines vary from containing the virus and to containing components that connect to the virus. A vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism that provides immunity, and an immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected from a disease (vaccines.gov1). In order to have immunity to certain diseases vaccination must occur. In
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Doctors hardly ever have to work with patients that have contracted diseases that are preventable.
Vaccines are important and it is also important for parents to keep vaccinating their children to ensure their child’s safety in school and in other public places. Many schools are now asking for an immunization record or simply asking whether the student is up to date on their shots. A child should not be subjected to the possibility of contracting a disease, because a parent decided not to vaccinate their children. When a virus enters the body the immune system responds and if a person is vaccinated this will help with immunity to certain viruses.
Vaccines like any other medication can indeed cause side effects although most are not serious and are not really heard of. Most side effects occur shortly after the shot is administered. For example, redness, fussiness, swelling or a slight fever may occur but these side effects will go away. Although vaccines have side effects the vaccine is still a better way to go then to not vaccinate the child and put the child at risk. A child that is sick on the day that vaccinations are scheduled may be asked to reschedule in order to ensure the child’s health. The positive effects of a vaccine are greater than the negative ones.
There has currently been a controversy on whether the effectiveness of vaccines and whether vaccines should continue to be given to children. Due to this controversy some
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