SHOULD CHILDREN BE VACCINATED?

SHOULD CHILDREN BE VACCINATED?

Marlene Escobedo

Vaccines have always been seen as a positive thing because they help prevent disease and keep us healthy, but now parents aren’t too sure whether or not they should vaccinate their children. Over the years, several theories about vaccines have been formed. One of the many theories is that vaccinating children can lead them to become autistic.

In 1998 Lancet Medical Journal published Andrew Wakefield’s article on the link between the MMR vaccine and autism for the public. As you can tell, this raised many questions for parents on whether or not their children should be vaccinated.

Dr. Wakefield’s article was then discovered to be false. This led to Britain taking away Andrew Wakefield’s medical license, no longer allowing him to practice medicine.

Although the link between autism and vaccines has been cleared up, parents are still hesitant to whether or not their children should be vaccinated. I think it is very important that a child, or anyone for that matter, be vaccinated. Although some of the vaccinations people receive seems as if you would never get that disease, it could happen. Take the outbreak of measles at Disneyland for example. People outside of the United States brought over the disease and infected those who were not vaccinated against it.

Vaccines very rarely have side effects. They undergo years of testing to make sure that it safe for us to put into our bodies. So why not prevent disease by getting vaccinated? The chances of preventing disease are better than having a bad side effect from the treatment. Therefore, I believe everyone should be vaccinated.