10 Things about Getting Vaccinated

We all can prob­a­bly remem­ber that moment when we went to the doc­tor and he gave us our immu­niza­tions as kids. Not a fun moment, right? Who wants to will­ingly go and get poked by a nee­dle? It was good for us though, right? We need them to stay healthy and avoid dis­ease. Here are some 10 facts about vac­cines and the argu­ments for and against them.

  1. Most dis­eases such as measles, vari­cella, and HIV have decreased in peo­ple once a vac­cine was intro­duced and given.
  2. Great Britain, Japan, and Swe­den all stopped giv­ing the per­tus­sis vac­cine in the 1970s-80s and all three coun­tries had per­tus­sis epi­demics afterwards.
  3. All 50 states in the United States require vac­ci­na­tions before the chil­dren are allowed to go to school. Those against vac­cines argue that par­ents should be able to choose whether their chil­dren get vac­ci­nated or not. Each state has dif­fer­ent exemp­tions for par­ents based on med­ical, reli­gious, or philo­soph­i­cal reasons.
  4. Some stud­ies show that vac­cines can be linked to autism, ADHD, and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, although other researchers argue that the research isn’t correct.
  5. In 1796, Dr. Edward Jen­ner cre­ated the first vac­cine to be given as to the pub­lic for health safety. It was for small­pox, and used a virus that was sim­i­lar to small­pox, but it affected cows.
  6. Mass­a­chu­setts became the first state to require every­one to get vac­ci­nated for smallpox.
  7. In 1999, researchers sug­gested tak­ing thimerosal (a neu­ro­toxin) out of vac­ci­na­tions because of stud­ies that showed it was linked to autism. By 2009, most vac­cines didn’t have thimerosal in them, except for influenza, meningo­coc­cal, and tetanus.
  8. By 2010, at least 10 mil­lion chil­dren under the age of one were being vac­ci­nated each year.
  9. Vac­cines can have some side effects. They include rashes, fevers, and sore­ness where the vac­cine was injected. Vac­cines can also still cause reac­tions, although they are con­sid­ered to be rare occurrences.
  10. Some researchers say that vac­cines are nec­es­sary for chil­dren before the age of five so they can avoid ill­ness. Other researchers sug­gest that child’s immune sys­tem is enough to pro­tect them­selves with­out need­ing a vaccine.


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