Essay on Childhood Vaccination Resistance And A Culture Of Health

975 Words Oct 26th, 2016 4 Pages
In the article, “Risk is for the rich? Childhood vaccination resistance and a Culture of Health,” authors Mabel Berlin and Alicia Eads investigate the phenomenon of childhood vaccination resistance among affluent communities. Vaccinations have contributed greatly to the advancement of modern medicine. Millions of lives have been saved due to the developments of vaccines that protect against diseases from polio to the measles. However, in the past few decades there has been a growing trend of privileged parents refusing to vaccinate their children because they associate alternate risks with the vaccines themselves. These parents let perceived threats, such as the claim that a link exists between vaccinating and autism or mistrust in government institutions that are looking to profit off of mandating vaccines, deter them from vaccinating their children. Often individual choices to refuse medical treatment only impact the individual but the success of vaccinations relies on herd immunity. Herd immunity is a biological phenomenon that results in entire communal protection against a disease by keeping the rate or risk very low. When herd immunity is achieved it protects the entire community from the disease, even the individuals who could not be vaccinated due to compromised immune system or the inability to pay for or access vaccination. In these cases vaccination becomes a highly controversial social practice and the culture of health shapes the success of treatment. One…

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