What Do You Want About Vaccinations?

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“The United States is on the verge of a public health crisis,” says Anthony Ciolli, a Juris Doctor (Ciolli). Communicable diseases are spreading quickly, because of lack of vaccinations due to religious and philosophical exemptions. In 2013, one hundred forty-five thousand, seven hundred (145,700) people died globally from measles alone, a preventable disease (“Measles”). Vaccines are beneficial to everyone, especially those who cannot be vaccinated but still contract the disease. A well-known medical journalist said, “Vaccines were responsible for stopping meningococcal disease outbreaks in the 1990s and early 2000s, and more recently, helped end the influenza pandemic in 2009” (Walkinshaw). Vaccines should be mandatory regardless of religious and philosophical objections, because they protect the world population as a whole from deadly diseases. In order to understand the importance of a life-saving vaccine, it is essential to learn how they work. Amy Boulanger discusses the process in “What Do You Want to Know About Vaccinations?”. A vaccine injected into one’s body contains a weakened germ, which is responsible for causing that specific virus. By injecting that vaccine, the body is now able to recognize a new virus. It then activates and begins making antibodies. The body also “remembers” that virus. Through this process, immunity to the potentially deadly virus or disease will be quicker, therefore keeping vaccinated people protected from harm (Boulanger) .
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