To Vaccinate or Not


Ally Hannan, Staff Writer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths will be prevented due to routine childhood vaccinations. By regularly vaccinating your child, you can ensure they stay safe from several diseases or sicknesses. Thus far, vaccinations have eliminated certain diseases and or are close to eliminating them. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states, “Polio is one example of the great impact that vaccines have had in the United States. Polio was once America’s most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.” This goes to show how beneficial getting vaccinated is.

On the other hand, some say getting vaccinated is not needed. Claiming that vaccines are deadly poisons. From an article about anti-vaxxers, “The movement, largely led by people with no medical or scientific qualifications (or, tellingly, stripped of credentials for malpractice and fraud), bases its claims largely on spurious alleged short- and long-term side-effects of vaccinations. Effects which are — to boot — often trivial when compared to the severity of what were once common illnesses.” (RationalWiki). Most anti-vaxxers are uneducated on the topic at hand, therefore they don’t understand the substantial benefits getting vaccinated has on a person and the decreasing illnesses that result from it. The results of people not getting vaccinated nowadays is bringing back once extinct illnesses that can be fatal. Vaccine-preventable diseases are now resulting in prolonged disabilities and taking a financial toll on many families. Overall, the advantages of getting vaccinated are far more beneficial than being unvaccinated.