Writer encourages vaccination

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Anti-vaccination is now a national issue. Too many are convinced that not getting a vaccination will be more helpful than getting one. Meanwhile, reputable doctors and other health specialists agree that it’s beneficial for your health to get vaccinated, according to Medical News Today. 

It’s understandable that parents want the best for their children, but I do not agree that avoiding vaccinations is in their best interest.

People are more likely to attract these long-eradicated diseases if they do not get that vaccine. It’s so wrong to believe, “it’s not in my area, that means I won’t get it.” Diseases drop in numbers because there are people out there getting vaccines. 

“Vaccines introduce a weakened or deactivated version of a virus or bacteria into a child’s body, which will protect them from certain illnesses in the future. Some people fear that this process may weaken the immune system or make a child unwell,” reported Medical News Today. 

The vaccine is a small part of the disease, which then teaches your body to fight it off. That’s just how a vaccine works; it’s not making anyone sick. Statements such as these are not factual, therefore they make no sense to me. 

It also doesn’t make sense when people think that a vaccination can push development of other future health concerns. 

“Most scientific and medical experts are satisfied that no connection exists between vaccines and autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders,” reads the History of Vaccines website. Many in the anti-vax community believe that if their kids receive vaccines at a young age, it will lead to them having autism later on. 

According to the CDC, this worry is invalid: “studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD (Autism spectrum disorder). In 2011, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on eight vaccines given to children and adults found that with rare exceptions, these vaccines are very safe.”

In more specific analysis of vaccines, this link has once again been disproven. CDC research on thimerosal, which is “a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of multidose vials of vaccines” also does not cause austism.

I do not understand how parents can be confident when they say a vaccine can give their child autism. Look at the research. I certainly did. 

It’s safe to say that anti-vaccination should not be a thing. Everyone should be safe and get vaccinated to prevent people from getting diseases and spreading them to each other. 

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