The Risks of Vaccinating Children

853 WordsJun 17, 20184 Pages
Every parent must decide whether or not they will vaccinate their child. The medical community advocates for vaccinating children, which will contribute to herd immunity, and help in the eradication of preventable diseases. However there are arguments to be made against vaccinating as well. People are finding that vaccines are not providing long term protection, and are less effective than developing immunity through a natural defense process. Vaccines provide unnecessary exposure to toxins which may be linked to developmental delays. Also some of the side effects and complications associated with various vaccines are proving to be more detrimental than the disease processes they are designed to fight against. Many parents are weighing the…show more content…
Instead of preventing mumps and measles, the vaccine has actually caused multiple widespread epidemics. "Between 1983 and 1990, there was a 423% increase in measles cases among vaccinated individuals. Then in 2006, the largest mumps outbreak in twenty years occurred. Among those infected, 63% were immunized." ("Chemist Gives 3 Reasons He Doesn't Vaccinate and gives vaccine exemption forms for all states | ThePeoplesChemist.com", n.d.,) In The Journal of Infectious Diseases, scientists from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine wrote, “Vaccine failure accounted for a sustained mumps outbreak in a highly vaccinated population.” (Briss, 1994, p.78) The medical world considers vaccines to be effective if they suppress a few targeted illnesses, but at what expense? An emerging body of evidence indicates that vaccines can damage a child’s developing immune system and brain, leading to life-threatening or debilitating disorders like autism, ADHD, asthma, peanut allergy, juvenile diabetes, etc or to SIDS, death itself. If this is true, the number of vaccine-related deaths per year may well outnumber the deaths from vaccine preventable illnesses. "many of the benefits of vaccines are overshadowed by their perceived risks. As more children receive vaccines, the total number (not necessarily percentage) of real and perceived adverse events increases." (Calandrillo, 2004, p. 19) According to fact sheets put out by
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