Vaccines Vs. Autism Essay

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Joseph Albietz explicates what vaccination is and how “vaccine is safe” for people to be able to use it without having to overwhelm with startled facts about the linkages between the 2009 H1N1 epidemic and autism. John E. Calfee enlarges Albietz information by providing proof of scientific findings. The findings that Calfee provided for us was how some scientists “failed to replicate Wakefield's results and in fact had ruled out any connection between autism and any vaccine, including the MMR vaccine.” (Calfee) Karin Decoster and Richard M. Eckersley both contradict what Albietz and Calfee have to say. Decoster asserts the false interpretation of how the government is promoting flu when “no ...view middle of the document...

Also, before I attended even my high school, I had to get my TB shot to check if I had tuberculosis. All of these shots are a must-have in order to keep the sickness away from many students. I was overwhelmed by how vaccines are almost the solution to every sickness for schools. I realized that some shots are really costly and wonder about the people who couldn’t afford the shots. I questioned myself, “If they did not get any shots, will they be able to go to school?” As I waited in line for my meningitis shot, many concerned parents were having difficulties with their insurance company, such as Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare. These types of insurance cover many medical problems for the patient. When I was there, I overheard the parents talk to the nurse about how their insurance did not cover them and ask the nurse if there is another way to get the vaccine for a low costs. All the nurses’ answer was “Try to call the insurance and talk to them about it.” I find this statement very belittling to the parents because the nurse does not know what to do by now. Nurses’ have a degree for a reason and they must know what to do in these situations besides telling the patient to call his or her insurance.
Recent estimates from CDC's Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring network found that about 1 in 88 children have ASD. This estimate is higher than estimates from the early 1990s. Over the years, some people have had concerns that autism might be linked to the vaccines children receive. One vaccine ingredient that has been studied specifically is thimerosal, previously used as a preservative in many recommended childhood vaccines. However, in 2001 thimerosal was removed or reduced to trace amounts in all childhood vaccines except for one type of influenza vaccine, and thimerosal-free alternatives are available for influenza vaccine. Evidence from several studies examining trends in...

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