The Importance Of Vaccines

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Register to read the introduction… Though the minor risks of vaccines are known by few, one and all are familiar with the dangers of diseases. Almost all diseases comprehended by man now have a miracle remedy: a vaccine. Without vaccines, though, each and every one of these diseases can permanently damage an individual’s body, or be fatal. These permanent damages can include liver problems, learning impediments, heart issues, and have been related to several cancers. As one can imagine, the threats of vaccines are far less significant, and include chills, fatigue, and minor headaches. When one weighs these light symptoms against the massive destruction that diseases can cause, the clear option is to have one’s child vaccinated. Pediatrician Matthew F. Daley and epidemiologist Jason M. Glanz are writers for the Scientific American. Together, they wrote the compelling article “Straight Talk About Vaccination” which discusses America’s need for protection against disease through vaccination. They state, “The key facts that parents need to know are that vaccines prevent potentially fatal diseases, that vaccines have a high degree of safety, and that their safety is constantly evaluated and reevaluated in a system operating independently from the pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines” (Daley & Glanz, 2011). When Daley and Glanz write that “vaccines prevent potentially fatal diseases” and that “vaccines have a high degree of safety”, they mean the risks of vaccines are barely noticeable compared to the hazards of diseases. This means that parents making the decision not to vaccinate are threatening their children with considerably worse consequences than a pro-vaccination parent would be. In final thought, vaccinated children are protected from the uncertainty of diseases, which are far more dangerous than the miniscule risks of …show more content…
To be sure, unvaccinated children are individually unnecessarily endangered, but serve as hazards to communal health as well. These children are needlessly threatened by disease when far less hazardous vaccines exist. When compared, vaccines are much safer than the risks of contracting a fatal disease, hence making the decision to vaccinate much clearer. Vaccines are also required to keep eliminated diseases at bay, which justifies the need of so called ‘pointless’ inoculations. For all these reasons, widespread immunization ensures that diseases will never surface, which in turn guarantees communal

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