Immunizations Essay

1768 WordsSep 21, 20148 Pages
Vaccinations protect from nasty diseases, but the anti-immunisation voice is getting louder. What should parents do about immunising their kids? What are the facts? How can parents make informed decisions? Parents must immunise their children as it is crucial for protecting the population against potentially life threatening diseases. Thanks to the safety and efficiency of immunisations, many feared diseases have been eliminated such as Polio in the United States which unfortunately caused many deaths and paralysis (CDC, n.d). However, as a result of a paper that was published in 1998 by Dr Andrew Wakefield, stating the possible link between vaccines, particularly MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), immunisation rates have dropped considerably (Miller & Reynolds 2009). An Anti-Vaccine Movement has formed consisting of parents who are concerned that the ingredients in the vaccines contain harmful chemicals which they believe cause neurological and cognitive disorders, such as ASD. Asmann (2014) emphasises that as the Anti-Vaccine voice gets louder it allows some of these once controlled diseases to have horrific outbreaks causing serious illness and potential fatalities. It is essential that parents immunise their children in order to evade terminal illness, put a stop to these diseases multiplying and provoke eventual elimination of infectious disease which will, in effect, protect future generations. Since vaccines were introduced in 1804, immunisation programmes have had tremendous success in preventing outbreaks of serious infectious diseases that would typically result in acute illness or death (Department of Health 2014). Dr Ulrich Heininger (2009) explains that this success is being threatened as the public are becoming increasingly concerned about the so-called side effects of vaccines and less concerned about the diseases

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