A very controversial issue these days is whether or not to receive immunizations. I am a young mother and I tend to follow my mothers and doctors’ advice when it comes to mine and my children’s health, I feel as though my doctor has the best advice on how I can keep us all happy and healthy, however this is not the case for everyone. Many questions have arisen about immunizations and there are quite a few people who are either hesitant to or will not have themselves and their children immunized.
I am a person who believes that children and adults should be immunized, by not receiving vaccinations it is possible to be putting the public at risk for more diseases. It should not matter what the parents’ philosophical or religious views are. In my opinion vaccinations for all children and adults should be mandatory. Without vaccinations it is possible that we would keep infecting each other with different diseases, which any of these could cause many fatalities and a very unhealthy nation.
The first thing about vaccinations that needs to be understood is that vaccines are given in order to develop immunity from diseases. Yes it is true; when children get sick their immune system develops antibodies which will help them from developing the same disease again. But I ask you, why would you want to risk letting your child get sick? Anyone that has ever had a sick child knows that not only is this one of the worst things to deal with it is also an awful feeling to know that there is not much that you can do to help them. If I were a parent that chose not to immunize my child then my child got sick with that disease I would feel like the worst person in the world.
Vaccines are made with the bacteria or viruses that cause the disease. It is a common belief that this means that they will get sick anyway; but this should not be the case. The bacteria or the viruses that are in the vaccinations have been weekend or even killed in order to make them safe. This enables our bodies to develop the antibodies to fight off the disease without having to get sick first.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing disease. Under some circumstances the children that have been vaccinated do get the disease; they usually have milder symptoms with less serious complications than a child who has not had the same vaccination. This proves that there are more risks with not being vaccinated than being vaccinated.
Back in 2005 there was an outbreak of rotavirus gastroenteritis in Nicaragua, this caused high mortality and hospitalization. There was a case study done to see if the children who had passed away had access to routine immunizations, in which the children should have been given the rotavirus vaccination. The results of this study showed that with a rotavirus vaccine the seasonal outbreaks could be diminished.
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