No Vaccinations: Serious Ramifications

James Reese

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Vaccines. We all generally know that they are meant to protect us from diseases that are considered horrible and dangerous to us, to the point that we deemed it necessary to create special drugs for prevention of these diseases. There is, however, a great deal of controversy on what these are really made of, and if they are safe to give our children, or if its even important to still vaccinate children.

It is still very, very important to vaccinate children. They are tremendously helpful in preventing diseases that could otherwise wreak havoc, but for some reason, people tend to ignore these facts and choose not to vaccinate their children. This is due to the fear of their children contracting a mental illness, such as autism, or any other number of claims.These claims are completely false and have no basis in reality. This past December, a study looked at 1.2 million children who were vaccinated and no link was found between the development of autism and vaccinations. To be fair, some children have adverse reactions of varying degrees but these are extremely rare, 1/1,000,000 to be exact. When these reactions occur, we hear about them and the anti vaccination movement kicks into high gear.

A large problem is that people don’t understand how vaccines work and how they are composed. Vaccines are made up of weakened or even killed parts of a virus that are responsible for causing the infection. Because of the weakened or dead state of the virus, it can’t actually give you the disease, but it teaches your immune system how to deal with and fight the disease effectively so you aren’t able to contract it when you come into contact with germs from that disease.

The problem is people believe these fallacies, and this stems from people trusting anecdotal data from various others who are not scientists and have little actual authority on the subject. Rather than seeking information from medical research done by trusted institutions and PSA’s from the CDC. A Pew research study showed that people believe anecdotal evidence from random people and celebrities 50% more than they believe research papers and scientists.

To help combat this problem, we should remove religious and philosophical vaccination exemptions. When you vaccinate your child, you aren’t doing it just for the safety of your child, but everyone elses. Some people, though extremely rare, are unable to be vaccinated due to medical issues. By having your child vaccinated, you are helping to protect everyone elses children from getting the disease.There are many reasons why you should definitely vaccinate your children, and almost none for why you shouldn’t.

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