Children begin being vaccinated against harmful diseases at birth. Vaccinations are administered throughout the United States in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and health departments. Vaccinations provide protection to children and adults from many devastating viruses and bacteria. A majority of parents vaccinate their children as recommended but some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children because they believe them to be harmful. These parents believe that they should be able to choose to have their children vaccinated or not. While vaccines may have some risk, and while vaccines should not be forced upon parents by law, it is still a better idea to vaccinate your child than to choose not to.
When children receive vaccines they develop stronger immune systems against disease. The Chinese have been administering forms of vaccinations for smallpox since the time period between 960 and 1269. They were not always made or administered in the traditional way. The Chinese people used the scabs of an infected small pox individual to immunize themselves against small pox. They would crush the scabs into a dust and then inhale it. This would give the individual small doses of the virus causing the persons immune system to develop protection against the invading disease and thus making themselves immune to small pox in the future. This practice is called variolation, and it originated from the observation that people who survived a previous smallpox infection somehow become resistant to getting the infection again. (Young, 2012).
Vaccines today work the same way. They are developed to be less harmful to a person then the actual disease. Often a dead virus or part of the virus is used to make the vaccination that is injected into an individual. This vaccination shot causes a child’s immune system to develop a future defense against the disease. They are now immunized against certain viruses or bacteria if they were ever to encounter them. This is very important in younger children because they have a weaker immune system than adults. It provides them with a needed defense against harmful diseases. They do not become infected if they are exposed to the viruses or bacteria in the future. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to these viruses and bacteria and may become infected when exposed to them. They may become very sick which is uncomfortable for the child and hard on the nursing parent. Having your child vaccinated is a great way to improve your child’s overall health.
Vaccinations save lives throughout the world, especially in children. Looking at third world countries without vaccinations one can see the mortality rate being greater. Some will argue that living conditions, doctor care, and poverty are causes for this. This is in part true but taking a closer look at causes of death it is seen that viruses such as the measles can have a devastating effect on populations. “According to the World Health Organization, nearly 900,000 measles-related deaths occurred among persons in developing countries in 1999. In populations that are not immune to measles, measles spreads rapidly. As many as three of every 1,000 persons with measles will die in the U.S. In the developing world, the rate is much higher, with death occurring in about one of every 100 persons with measles. If vaccinations were stopped, each year about 2.7 million measles deaths worldwide could be expected.” (What Would Happen, 2012) In the U.S., widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles compared with the pre-vaccine era. Before polio vaccine was available, 13,000 to 20,000 cases of paralytic polio were reported each year in the United States. Annual epidemics of polio often left victims—mostly children—in braces, crutches, wheelchairs, and, in serious cases, iron lungs. (What Would Happen, 2012) .As a result of global polio...