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The Choice to Vaccinate Your Child: Good or Bad?

Updated on July 14, 2016

Vaccinations: Why or Why Not?

Whether or not to vaccinate your child nowadays is a very pressing and demanding social issue.

An article from Forbes.com on February 1, 2015 presents the attached chart that states there were "84 cases of measles in 14 states and 1 outbreak representing 64% of cases that year." The overwhelming part of this is that the measles vaccine basically eliminated the disease in the year 2000 and in 2014 alone there were 644 reported cases of measles; leading up to be the most we've had in two decades; just in one year. Yes, I said the vaccine eliminated measles because, until people stopped vaccinating themselves, the outbreaks were triggered due to people traveling abroad and bringing it back home. Schools are now starting to send unvaccinated kids home, hoping to encourage parents to vaccinate their children or to homeschool them if they do not vaccinate.

Now I just want everyone to think back to history where there were no vaccinations. A time where people had absolutely no say if and when they and their children got sick. They had no vaccinations, and people died because of that. They were not as developed in the medicinal field as we are now. History does repeat itself, but it's worse when we have means to prevent it.

False Claims

People against vaccines are adamant in the efforts of spreading misinformation (either that or they truly do not know) despite compelling and eye-opening scientific evidence explaining why vaccines are beneficial to our health.

Here are some common false claims about vaccinations:

  • Vaccines cause Autism- Autism is something you are born with and no you do not always notice it right away that is why it is diagnosed in different stages of life.
  • Natural immunity is all you need. It isn’t. Measles infects 90% of people exposed to it unless they are vaccinated.
  • The preservative thimerosal in vaccines causes autism.- It doesn't
  • A healthy lifestyle will prevent diseases like the measles- While a healthy lifestyle is always good, it does not solve every problem, maybe the common cold.

What do you think?

Should people be forced to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases?

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To the Reader:

I am not here to tell you what is right and what's wrong. I am just here to express my opinion as well as the facts about the topics I write about. I would like to add that my opinions are based solely on facts. I would also like to ask you all to keep the comments clean and try not to tell others how to live their lives. It is okay to write why you agree or disagree with my stance or to provide me with some extra information that I can have for the future. Just simply be nice. If you cannot be mature adults, to me or to each other, I will remove your comment no questions asked. I am okay with a little debate here and there as well.

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    • Victoria Hanna profile image
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      Opinionated 13 months ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Thank you so much for your comment! Very well articulated, by the way! Yes I agree with you that it is a public health issue and needs to be addressed, it is happening very slowly. Genes have a lot to do with autism, it could be from the father of the two youngest children. However, there have been no signs of autism or anything in my family until recently. Two children. One with Down Syndrome(diagnosed at birth for obvious reasons) and the other with very slow learning and social interaction capabilities (He is in late elementary school but they just thought he was a "late bloomer" so you call it.)

      Nonetheless, I respect your decision to not vote in the poll. Yes, there is a difference between forcing someone to only benefit a certain group of people but this is an entire country we are talking about; their health.

      Thank you for the welcome! It is so glad to be here and interact with people about these topics!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      My cousin's two youngest children are autistic and she swears up and down that it was the vaccinations that caused it. She doesn't appear to take into account that her three older children were vaccinated and they're fine. Nor does she consider that her two youngest have a different father from the other three so maybe it came from his side.

      I didn't vote in your poll because I couldn't decide on an answer. I am a firm believer in letting people make their own choices. Still, this is a public health issue. A parent may feel it is unfair to be forced to vaccinate their child, but it's just as equally unfair expose children who have not yet been vaccinated to diseases. I don't like the idea of forcing someone but if it's for the greater good, perhaps that's the way it has to be.

      Welcome to HubPages, btw.