Essay on Vaccine Debate

1567 Words Oct 26th, 2015 7 Pages
Tichina Berryhill
Professor Rouse
English 102
26 September 2015

The Vaccine Debate

During the last ten years or so, there has been a debate on childhood vaccinations. This debate all started from the acquisition that vaccines cause autism. Since the debate, many parents have been skeptical on whether or not they will get their children vaccinated. From the negative comments that are going around from highly respected people new parents doubt vaccines importance to the world. Parents are concerned, which they should be, about if vaccines are beneficial or harmful to their kid’s health? Some claim that vaccinations are needless and unsafe. With the misleading information in parent’s ears they are stuck with the big question.
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According to Rothstein, for Pertussis 92 to 94 percent of the community must be vaccinated versus the flu, which only needs 50 to 75 percent of the community (21).

To get an overview of the vaccine debate it is best to know what exactly a vaccine does. A vaccine protects you by making your immune system identify and fight deadly diseases. A vaccine contains a germ specifically a bacteria or virus, called an antigen. “The antigen is killed or disabled before it is used to make the vaccine, so it can't make you sick. Vaccines, and the antigens they contain, stimulate your immune system's B cells to develop protective substances called antibodies (Rothstein 4)”. Antibodies are reliable for killing germs that come in contact to your body. Once they are activated, they can stay in your body for a lifespan and allow your body to remember the germ that stimulated their creation. Throughout your life, these antibodies will identify and fight the actual disease caused by the germ when and if you come in to contact with it.
Reasons to vaccinate There is an advantage to getting vaccinated because it stops the spread of disease for those who can not vaccinate. Special groups of people cannot be vaccinated, including those with compromised immune systems for example, those with leukemia or any disorder or cancer. These people rely on the public being vaccinated so their risk of exposure to disease is reduced. For instance,

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