Essay on Vaccination And Anti Vaccination Movement

1517 Words May 18th, 2016 null Page
While different types of immunization have been used throughout history, the first vaccine was administered by a country doctor named Edward Jenner in 1796. Ever since that first vaccination, the world has been filled with both pro-vaccination and anti-vaccination movements. Vaccines have helped our society by drastically decreasing the presence of many life threatening diseases like polio, smallpox, and measles, to name a few. Fear and doubt have also surrounded vaccines since their birth. Recently, the anti-vaccination movement has grown in light of one study linking vaccines to autism. While in 2010 the study was refuted in light of flawed evidence, it left many people with the impression that there is more to lose than gain when it comes to vaccines. The overwhelming majority of the science community continues to insist that vaccines pose no threat to the population. While vaccines are not risk free, like any medical procedure, it is clear that they are the only answer when it comes to protecting the general public. Many of the cons surrounding vaccines are shrouded in myth. In 1998, Andrew Wakefield published a study linking the use of vaccines to autism. While his study was eventually deemed fraudulent years later, it left a lasting stigma surrounding vaccines. Many still claim that there is a link between vaccines and autism and thus delay or deny the administration of them. A real con involving the use of vaccines are the miniscule risks involved in the procedure.…

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