Vaccinations : A Science 's Greatest Feats

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Introduction Vaccinations are considered to be one of science’s greatest feats. The World Health Organization estimates that immunization prevents 2 million deaths worldwide and according to Immunize BC, “[vaccinations] have saved more lives in Canada than any other medical intervention in the past 50 years”. Vaccinations work by transmitting a small amount of germs - or parts of a germ- into the patient. These germs cause the body to create antibodies in order to rid and protect the body of the foreign intruder. The germs are consequently destroyed and the antibodies remain in your body, now prepared to protect the body if it comes in contact with the full blown disease. As of now, the only disease that has been eradicated is smallpox, thus saving 5 million lives annually (Immunize BC, 2012). The constant research and observation of vaccines and their consequent role in immunization have led to the suppression of occurrences of various diseases. Epidemics of diseases such as measles and whooping cough, that prevailed less than 100 years ago have decreased to rare cases scattered around the continent. As a population continues to get immunized, they lower their risk of suffering from certain disease and illness. However, it seems that as society is progressing in prevention and seemingly causing plagues and diseases occurrence to vanquish, many seem to have forgotten how we have reached this progressive state. Recent years have seen various misconceptions and false

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