Are Vaccines More Harmful Or Helpful? Essay

963 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Are vaccines more harmful or helpful? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Is autism related to vaccinations? These are a few of the questions many people ask before getting vaccinated or allowing their children to be vaccinated. In this paper we will use scientific based evidence to explore the benefits, risks, and myths associated with vaccinations. Prior to the early 1900’s thousands died yearly from diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, and polio. These numbers declined with the growing use of vaccinations throughout the United States. For example prior to 1963, there were 400,000 cases of measles per year. With the introduction of the measles vaccine the number of cases dropped to 25,000 cases per year by 1970. (Publichealth.org) In addition to measles, many other diseases continued to decline with some being declared eliminated.
In the last two decades, concerns have grown over the safety of immunizations and a growing number of parents are declining to have their children vaccinated. Although there are some risks associated with vaccinations, myths continue to circulate throughout society resulting in falling immunization rates. In the United States, decisions based on these misconceptions have caused a resurgence in diseases that are preventable through vaccination. For this reason, it is important to understand the difference between facts and myths surrounding immunizations.
A common myth about immunizations is that vaccines are connected to autism. A case…

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