Mandatory Vaccination Essay
When a germ enters a body, the immune system recognizes this entity as not being a part of the body, an intruder. The human body then creates proteins called antibodies to destroy these germs. An interesting note to this situation is that bodies will also remember that intruder and easily dispatch antibodies to destroy it quicker in the future. This phenomenon is called immunity.
The problem with immune systems is that the first time it is attacked by a foreign entity, it cannot produce enough of these antibodies to defend itself quick enough to keep from getting sick. Eventually human bodies usually recover and fight off the infection and if it survives that initial attack, it will become immune to that particular disease. A person needs to become infected before that person can become immune.
This problem is solved with vaccinations. Vaccines are made by using weakened or dead versions of the very same germs that cause the diseases (The Value of Vaccines in Disease Prevention, 2015). These weakened or dead versions are not powerful enough to cause sickness, but expose immune systems to the disease, allowing it to create the antibodies to fight off infection and to remember the disease and make the human body immune. No medicine is perfect, but vaccines produce immunities about 90% to 100% of the time (The Value of Vaccines in Disease Prevention, 2015). There are even several …show more content…
Even as a developing country, Malaysia knows that in order to obtain their goal of being a developed country by 2020, they need a healthy, disease free population. Vaccinations are given to infants before entering school, and while in school receive boosters at ages 7 and then again at age 15. These vaccinations are given by medical teams composed of a medical officer, a public health nurse, two community nurses, a nurse aid and a driver. Each team can treat 3000-4000