Should i Vaccinate My Child Essay

1360 WordsOct 18, 20116 Pages
Should I get my child vaccinated Vaccines are biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe or its toxins (4.) This agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent, destroy it, and remember it. So if the immune system sees this type of agent again it will have a better chance at killing it. The first vaccinations started in the 18th century by Edward Jenner, he had heard that people that had cowpox, which was not to serious for humans, were immune to smallpox. So Jenner took pus from cowpox sore and inoculated a boy, six weeks later he took smallpox pus and inoculated the boy again, and the boy did not get smallpox (4). Later Louis Pasteur using this same technique developed a rabies vaccine, and by the nineteenth century vaccines were considered a matter of national prestige, and compulsory laws were passed. Even though some people think vaccinations are not safe, this is nothing new. Opposition to vaccines has existed since the earliest vaccination campaigns. Although the benefits of preventing these diseases greatly outweigh the risks of a rare side effect, disputes have arisen over the morality, effectiveness, and safety of vaccinations (5). Concern has been raised by the spreading of unfound information about the medical risks of vaccines. This increases the rates of life threatening disease, not only in the children whose parents refused vaccinations, but also in other children. This false information has led to an increase in vaccine preventable illnesses as well as an increase in the number of vaccine preventable deaths. When I had to get my new born daughter vaccinated it came with a little concern, I didn’t know much about vaccinations at the
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