Vaccinations should be required by law in all public schools because they are effective, they are safe, and they protect Americans from easily preventable deaths and diseases. 26 states in the U.S are below the government mark of 95% coverage for the MMR vaccine. That’s too many states. These diseases that people are still dying from are avoidable and preventable. There is no reason why on average 5,000 people die each year from Hepatitis B. Or why 40,000 people on average die from influenza each year just in the United States. Something needs to be done.
The debate on whether vaccinations are safe or not has been a big issue for a while. Many believe vaccinations are harmless and provide positive outcomes. However, there are some who believe vaccinations link to autism. In the late 90s, there was research done that said vaccinations led to autism. That was debunked a short while later. But there are still some people who believe vaccinations still have a negative outcome. I would like to learn what vaccinations have in them that cause people to think they are unsafe and also how they debunked the autism myth.
How would you feel if there was a massive outbreak of a disease that nobody has had for many years? Wouldn’t you feel frightened and concerned for yourself and the ones around you? You may ask why this disease would suddenly return in this day and age. There could be many possible reasons in which this could happen but a big reason is due to the lack of vaccinations given to children. Due to certain reasons, parents sometimes choose to opt out of having vaccinations provided for their children. This cause can lead to negative effects for everyone.
In a previous post I explored the leading causes of autism. While the widely known Wakefield study has been disproved and it is accepted that vaccinations do not cause autism, I was intrigued because many parent magazines still list vaccinations as a top concern for moms-to-be.
So, with that, I am exploring the beginings of autism and what is now accepted as the factors that contribute to childhood-diagnosed autism.
In the staff editorial, "Childhood Vaccinations Offer a Sure Shot," from the Houston Chronicle, the staff explains how the benefit of childhood vaccinations outweigh the consequences. The dangers of childhood disease cause many more problems than childhood vaccination. An example of logos can be found when the editorial says " 1 of every 10 children... are delayed or refused vaccinations because of safety concerns." This excerpt explains why most parents don't get their child vaccinated with factual evidence.