To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate – That’s the Question

Vaccines are often quoted as being one of the biggest advances in medical history. However, what was first seen as a scientific miracle has become a controversial matter over the last few decades.

The developments that take place daily in the medical and scientific fields lead to research projects on old diseases, as well as courses of treatment for them. In recent years, these trials have led authorities and some of the public to believe that vaccines may not only have benefits but also some drawbacks.

The main purpose of vaccination is to protect human beings from certain diseases caused by viruses and infections that often result in severe and even mortal illness. Most medical experts claim that vaccination saves millions of lives worldwide every year. However, some parents have stopped inoculating their children out of fear that vaccines could harm them.

While it may seem like a “hippie” trend or belief, it is true that natural inoculation does last longer than a vaccine, if not for the person’s whole life. This process happens when someone is infected with one of these viruses and survives; then this person is unlikely to catch the same illness again.

It is also true that vaccines are not 100% effective in all cases, but they do help contain the spread of the virus and make the infection milder, greatly improving the chances of an infected subject’s full recovery.

It is undeniable that vaccines can cause strong allergic reactions in some patients, which is an understandable reason for parents to be fearful of inoculation, but these cases are relatively rare. In fact, it is more likely for someone to die from a virus caught on a trip to Africa than it is for them to die from the inoculation process.

Moreover, these so-called “tropical diseases” sometimes have long incubation periods, which means that someone might come back home harboring the disease but not showing any symptoms. This is how epidemics start, and not being inoculated against these diseases only makes them more likely to happen.

So to sum up, the risk of not taking a vaccine is always greater than that of taking it, both on the small and larger scale. It is the larger picture that people need to look at when considering this subject.

Arguments against vaccination do have their merits, even from a scientific standpoint. However, vaccination is a privilege and not taking advantage of it violates others’ rights to public health, which is something that should weigh on one’s choices in this matter.