I am pro vaccines, here is my opinion essay style. Let me know what your opinion on vaccines are!
An immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Antivaccination is a large growing thing that is now popular in North America. Antivaccination is a result of many things; religious and philosophical beliefs, individual rights and freedoms, misinformation about risks and overpreception of the risks. In North America almost 1 out of every 5 children have not received their recommended vaccines.
There are many mandatory vaccines a child must receive in order to attend school. Some of the vaccines include; diphtheria, which is a disease that affects the nose, throat and skin, can result in breathing problems, heart failure and nerve damage. Tetanus; a germ that can get into the skin by a cut or an open sore that causes the muscles to cramp and dangerous spasms. Polio which you can get from drinking water or eating food with this virus in it, causing nerve damage, or death. This disease can also be spread from person to person. Measles which causes high fevers, cough, rashes, runny nose and watery eyes, this disease may lead to ear infections or pneumonia. A viral infection known as mumps can cause fevers, headaches, swelling of the cheeks, jaw and neck. This infection may lead to hearing loss and inflammation in the brain. Rubella can cause fevers, sore throat, swollen glands, and a rash on the face or neck, although rubella can occur without a rash. This infection can cause complications in pregnant women and their babies as well as arthritis in adults. Meningococcal can cause meningitis and other serious diseases. This can be passed on through person-to-person and it causes blood poisoning, infections in the brain and spinal cord. Pertussis also known as the whooping cough, can lead a child’s cough to vomiting or to stop their breathing. Lastly, varicella or better known as the chicken pox. The symptoms of chicken pox are tiredness, headaches, high fevers, chills, joint/muscle aches which all lead up to red itchy blister-like rashes. In serious cases of the chickenpox, bacterial skin infections, ear infections and pneumonia can occur.
There are many positive things about getting your children and yourself vaccinated. Getting vaccinated can save your life from many diseases. The ingredients used to make up your vaccine are used in safe amounts so they rarely give you a reaction. Vaccines protect the community, they provide society with many economical benefits and they also protect the future generations from these diseases. Vaccines are stated to be safe and save time and money. Diseases still exist so vaccines are a must, although some vaccines have wiped out other diseases like small pox. The last reported small pox case was in Somalia in the year of 1977.
Just as many positive things about vaccinations, there are negatives. Some cases of getting a vaccine can end up causing serious, sometimes fatal side effects. The ingredients used to make up the shot contain harmful ones. Religious beliefs and freedoms has a lot of influence on why people chose to not be vaccinated, and the government should respect their choices and not intervene on personal decisions. The vaccine is unnatural and some say big companies should not be trusted to make vaccines. Most diseases are relatively harmless making vaccines unnecessary.
I personally do think this is a form of child abuse depending on the vaccine. I agree with all of the mandatory vaccinations that kids must have in order to attend school. I do not agree with the flu shot, my mother use to force me to get them when I was younger, and one time I had a reaction to the shot and it made me sick. Now that I am old enough to make my own decisions I choose not get the flu vaccination anymore. Eventually when I have children of my own, I will be getting them vaccinated for everything else except the flu vaccination. Choosing to opt out of getting the basic shots for your child puts them in a dangerous position. A lot of diseases can be picked up through human contact; kids are out playing a lot and touch a lot of objects that other kids touch. They do not wash their hands as often as they should making them more vulnerable to getting sick and developing some of these diseases. Choosing to get your child vaccinated potentially could save their life in the long run. Many of these diseases have brutal side effects and can end up with life threatening symptoms. There is a boy in critical care at the London hospital that did not get the tetanus shot. He stepped on a nail and started showing symptoms 10 days later. He remains in critical care while his body tries to fight off the toxin. This could take weeks or months for his body to fight off the toxin. This simply could have been prevented if the parents got the boy the tetanus shots. Therefore, opting out of having your child vaccinated for certain diseases should be considered a form of child abuse.
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