Over the last year, anti-vaccination movements have become extremely prevalent in the United States, causing a resurface of the debate to vaccinate or not at a level like never before.
So what has caused this growing popularity of anti-vaxxers?
Parents are concerned about potentially fatal side effects. According to the CDC, vaccines carry a life-threatening risk of allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis which effect found in about one per million children.
Additionally, some have concerns that vaccines have an adverse effect as “overloading” with vaccines can weaken your immune system. Studies have disproved this. This is because as a baby people come into contact with many different types of bacterias and viruses, so from an early age their immune system is coping.
These beliefs and lack of knowledge have caused a huge misunderstanding which has caused a significant backtrack in the importance of vaccinations.
Adverse reactions are extremely rare. Before a vaccine is approved and given to a child, it extensively tested and is only released to the public if it has been proven to be safe and effective. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 90-99% have been proven to be effective in preventing diseases.
Most importantly this is not an independent decision. A single person’s decision not only affects themselves but effects all the people around them. To choose to not vaccinate your child you are putting other children at risk. Also, others in your community- like cancer patients and newborn babies who are cannot have certain vaccines or are too young to be fully immunized.
Data has been collected as evidence of such claims. Looking into the measles epidemic, a life-threatening disease that is extremely contagious. The graph below shows just how effective vaccinates have been against diseases like these where it can spread so easily and quickly.
Lastly, as individuals, the decision we choose to make now will not only affect ourselves and the people around us now but it determines the fate of the future generation. Vaccinations provide protection for those to come.
Further information on why it is important to vaccinate:
“Why Do We Need Vaccines? | Wellcome.” 2018. April 23, 2018. https://wellcome.ac.uk/news/why-do-we-need-vaccines
“Debunking Anti-Vaxxers | Know Over.” n.d. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.knowover.com/debunking-anti-vaxxers/.
“Top 20 Vaccines You Should Know About.” n.d. Verywell Health. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-vaccines-you-should-know-about-4138556.
“4 Striking Statistics about Vaccination – The Immunization Partnership.” n.d. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.immunizeusa.org/blog/2015/february/19/4-striking-statistics-about-vaccination/.
“Why You and Your Child Should Get Vaccinated.” n.d. The Falconer’s Voice. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.falconers-voice.com/2015/02/why-you-and-your-child-should-get-vaccinated/.
Goal 3.:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. (n.d.). Retrieved April 23, 2019, from https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3