Perspectives on Vaccinations: How Americans Are Contributing to the Spread of Diseases in America

By Erin Rodriguez-Morgana

Staff Writer

Vaccinations have been proven helpful for people in many ways throughout American history. Adolescents are encouraged to receive vaccinations in order to avoid catching an illness and lifelong diseases. Diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, and polio did not seem to be as prevalent amongst our society after the development of new vaccines. Despite the efforts made to protect the public, these diseases became an issue due to the fact that parents have began to oppose the immunization of their children.

Although vaccinations have clearly impacted the welfare of our society in a positive manner, there have been a minimal amount of cases in which children reacted defectively to vaccinations. As rare as it may be, the number of Americans who support anti-vaccination today has increased. For example, fewer individuals got the Pertussis Vaccine after it was released due to the one in 300,000 chance of it damaging the brain. Parents are thus going behind regulations to ensure their child not be vaccinated because they’re afraid of risking the well-being of their child. By doing so, they are  putting all other children at risk because they may carry and pass on illnesses and diseases through interaction.

As individuals disregard the statistics and science involved with such vaccines, schools are becoming increasingly dangerous because more children are not getting the required vaccinations. Most misconceptions about vaccinations, including one that claimed to induce autism, have been debunked by researchers; however, parents still use these conspiracies as arguments to support anti-vaccination. Since one’s decision may affect the well-being of everyone overall, immunizations have been long reviewed and tested by the Federal Drug Administration to ensure that children do not react negatively.

A variety of studies have been conducted in the U.S. to ensure the safety of vaccines, which prove their effectiveness. Those who choose to be vaccinated are not only protected from future infectious diseases, but they may also expect to live longer compared to those who refuse them. With easy access to advanced technology, people do not have to die from preventable diseases.