College Composition 162
10 April, 2014
The Harmful Effects of Vaccines
Vaccines are becoming increasingly hazardous for many children and parents are not being informed about the safety of their children. Current reports are linking vaccines to serious life-threatening disorders such as asthma, autism, immune system dysfunction, and mental retardation (Williams). These recent revelations are causing an increasing amount of people to claim religious and medical exemptions from vaccines. From 1999 to 2006, exemptions have more than doubled from 9,722 to 24,919 (Cronin). It is very clear that vaccinations are posing many problems for parents everywhere. Each day ...view middle of the document...
Children are being overexposed to mercury and thimerosal increasing the risk of fatal reactions. People everywhere are having severe reactions to vaccinations and sometimes it can be as serious as death. The results that were found are shocking. The FDA’s VAERS (Vaccines Adverse Effects Reporting System) receives about 11,000 reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccinations annually, some 1% of which are deaths from vaccine reactions (Phillips). It is clear that vaccinations are harming more than they are helping.
It has been proven that more people die from vaccinations than from disease itself. Vaccinations are most likely more deadly than the disease. Highly vaccinated populations have contracted diseases, and most of the disease decline this century happened before vaccinations (pertussis deaths decreased 79% before the vaccine) (Phillips). Society today does not realize how many people are actually dying from vaccines. Kalokerinos says, “In 1970, when the Australian Government increased its vaccination program, there were as high as 50% deaths from the vaccine” (qtd. in Spaker). Half of the people getting the vaccine died from it. More people are dying each day when they could just decide not to get vaccinated. Many feel that they should have the choice to get their children vaccinated and that it is not fair to take those rights from them by not giving them a choice. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny states that it is wrong to take the option away from a parent to inject their child with something that could potentially harm them or even kill them (qtd. in Cronin). It is not right to force a parent to inject their child with an unknown substance that could potentially hurt them.
There are many cases that give society insight into how unsafe vaccines are. A survey was held in Kentucky to see who wanted to get the H1N1 vaccine and who did not. Of those who were not planning on getting the vaccine, 20 % said that it was because of their concern for vaccine safety and 31 % said that they did not want to get their children vaccinated because they were concerned for their health (Switzer). Statistics show that millions of dollars are given to parents whose children died or were injured by vaccines. “The U.S. Federal Government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensations Program (NVICP) has paid out over $724.4 million to parents of vaccine injured and killed children, in taxpayer dollars. The NVICP has received over 5,000 petitions since 1988, including over 700 for vaccine-related deaths, and there are still over 2,800 death and injury cases pending that may take years to resolve” (Phillips). These are only a few of the many cases in which many studies show how unsafe vaccines really are.
Families all over the world have been traumatized by the effects that vaccines have had on their loved ones. A mother of a 6-year old girl decided not to get her daughter immunized from disease but wanted her daughter to go to Lenore School and was sued...