Mandatory for school entry in all 50 states, vaccinations are a common rite of passage in this country. However, there are two stances parents take on vaccinations: they are either for or against them. Whether you agree or disagree with vaccines, it is important to know both sides before making a decision.
Some believe that immunization protects future generations. This belief is shaped by the knowledge that vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. People who feel this way stand strong in the belief that continuing to give vaccinations now will help eliminate diseases that may harm children in the future. The flip side to this belief comes from medical professionals and people who lean toward the homeopathic ways of medicine, along with many natural approaches to infirmity. This side feels that there is a misconception generated from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These folks strongly stand by the idea that the masses are not properly informed. The evidence they stand on is that outbreaks continue to reoccur, and the result is the belief that vaccinated people are highly immunocompromised, and always seem to be the ones contracting the disease against which they are vaccinated in the first place.
Another common pro-vaccine belief is that vaccines are safe and effective. It is assumed that vaccines are carefully reviewed by scientists and medical professionals, which gives the trusted notion of safety. Along with safety views, there is also a belief that severe allergic reactions and major side effects are very rare. While this is a worldwide belief, so are the beliefs of others who think differently. Many have the understanding that vaccines are in direct correlation to conditions like autism, as well as other life-threatening illnesses, while the CDC would state otherwise. The rise in these conditions and illnesses are thought to be caused by the dramatic increase in vaccines given to children, along with a growing exposure to other toxic chemicals.
There are many pros and cons to the idea of vaccinations. While part of the population strongly feels comfortable and safe with them, there are a large majority who feel differently. Regardless of who is right or wrong, it is a parent’s right to become informed of the issue, especially since a new law went into effect this January that prevents personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccinations.
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Sabrina Short, Staff Writer