Vaccines are one of the biggest benefits we gained in life enhancements since the early 1900’s. Current vaccines are estimated to save about 2.5 million lives per year. Even while saving lives and ensuring a higher quality life, vaccines have not been exempt from having backlash against them.
Anti-vaccination movements formed even before the word vaccine was coined. Usually these groups were small and isolated so their existence didn’t affect others. However, their growth through the decades have begun to show problems such as the reintroduction of several diseases such as measles and small pox.
Not everyone can safely receive vaccinations because of allergies or other complications. Because of this these people rely on herd immunity where those who can receive vaccinations have them, which help protect them.
The hoax about a connection between vaccines and autism has caused the largest decline in people getting their children vaccinated. This false information started when Dr. Wakefield wrote a paper in 1998 that “proved” there was a link between the MMR vaccine and the rise in autism rates. Whilst creating his false research, he was planning a venture that would profit from the chaos he created. Because of this deception, he was barred from practicing as a physician.
Jumping on the anti-vaxx bandwagon was Jenny McCarthy, which gave it a celebrity spokesperson. This helped to propel the anti-vaxx movement and give it more momentum. Unfortunately, the reasons they cite are unproven and based on fear mongering that vaccines do more harm than good.
Vaccines go through stringent testing to make sure they are as safe as possible. It makes no sense for vaccines to be manufactured to purposefully cause lifelong illnesses. Most anti-vaxxers are actually affluent and believe the pharmaceutical companies are simply manufacturing vaccines for profit, rather than health reasons.
Crazier reasons go as far as vaccines being a sort of mind control method. With all the possible reasons that people are against vaccines, there is one main truth to them; they save lives. Preventing us from dying early or suffering a life long crippling disease benefits society more than the reasons anti-vaxxers come up with. It’s stupid to think that something would purposefully be made to both cure a disease and cause some other issue. The minuscule chance of a vaccine causing harm is far outweighed by the benefits they bring.
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