To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Essay

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Ashley Chick October 8, 2013 Pathophysiology To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), etc. Yes, we have all heard the horror stories about deathly side effects of vaccinations. But that doesn’t mean that they are all bad or that it will happen to you. Personally I am all for vaccinations. They help prevent the spread of disease and can over all keep you healthy at times. If you do not have a certain vaccination you can be more prone to getting that disease or illness. The CDC prevention website states that, “Children are born with an immune system composed of cells, glands, organs, and fluids located throughout the body. The immune system recognizes germs that enter the body as "foreign" invaders, or antigens, and produces protein substances called antibodies to fight them. A normal, healthy immune system can produce millions of these antibodies to defend against thousands of attacks every day. Antibodies often disappear once they have destroyed the invading antigens, but the cells involved in antibody production remain and become "memory cells." Memory cells remember the original antigen and then defend against it if the same antigen attempts to re-infect a person, even after many decades. This protection is called immunity.” ("Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate," n.d.). Vaccines create the same immunity. Because of advances in medical science Immunizations can save a child’s life. The reason is because they can protect against more diseases now than ever before ("Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate," n.d.). Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been
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