Benefits Of Receiving Vaccinations At Birth Essay

1269 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Vaccines have been around since the beginning of the 19th century. Ever since their introduction, there has been skepticism about whether they are safe and effective. There are many reasons why some parents are choosing to opt out of certain vaccines, most of which are due to misinformation given to the public. The big question for all parents comes down to whether or not their child should be vaccinated. Healthcare professionals do their best to explain the benefits of receiving vaccinations at birth. It is important that people not be allowed to refuse vaccinations because it puts others in harm’s way, the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks, and many people have been given inaccurate information about vaccines.
As with any new idea, many people had qualms about vaccines when they were first introduced. Katrina Vanden Heuvel explains that these worries turned to objections in February of 1998, when British physician Andrew Wakefield published a paper that supposedly linked the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines with the appearance of autism. It was later revealed that he had fabricated his research in order to get millions of dollars. His paper was retracted and he lost his medical license (2015). However many people were not aware of the retraction and it was too late for the public who had already began to backlash against vaccines. A majority of the people who are against vaccinations use this falsified information as the basis of their arguments.
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