The Great Vaccine Debate

Do you think you would be alive today if it weren’t for vaccines?

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Total Votes : 46

Scroll down to see how people across America voted.

Immunization is a topic your pediatrician will talk about starting in the first few months of your child’s life. The World Health Organization defines immunization as “the process that makes a person immune or resistant to an infectious disease.” The most common way to achieve this is through vaccines. According to AJC, over the past 200 years, doctors have been able to use vaccines to fight diseases that used to kill millions of people yearly, including young children.

A vaccine, according to Vaccines.gov, is made from very small amounts of weak or dead germs that can cause diseases. It prepares the body to fight the disease faster, so you won’t get sick.

Vaccines are most commonly given through a needle. According to WebMD, once a vaccine enters the body, it helps the immune system develop antibodies that fight the virus or bacteria that causes the illness. This makes it so that if your child encounters the specific virus or bacteria, his or her body will be able to fight it off.

There are minimum vaccination requirements for your child if they are to be enrolled in a daycare or school, but exceptions may be made for certain medical or religious reasons. The Centers for Disease Control strongly encourage vaccines because of their help in slowing the progress of infections.

When you get vaccinated, you aren’t only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting your community. This concept is called “community immunity.” According to Vaccines.gov, “If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak. But when enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, the germs can’t travel as easily from person to person – and the entire community is less likely to get the disease.”

However, not many are on board with vaccines. There has been much debate over the years, as there are possible risks to getting your child vaccinated. KidsHealth says the most common reactions to vaccines are fever, redness, swelling, and soreness where the shot was given. Some kids may, in rare cases, have seizures or allergic reactions to vaccines. There are certain vaccines that are dubbed as unsafe, like the MMR vaccine which has been a topic of controversy for years. According to Healthline, a 1998 study published linked the vaccine to serious health risks in children, including autism and inflammatory bowel disease. There has been evidence to show both sides of the spectrum.

Do believe in vaccinations? Read more about this story on AJC here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you think you would be alive today if it weren’t for vaccines?

Totals
47% Y – strong immunity
53% N – don’t think so
Males
51% Y – strong immunity
49% N – don’t think so
Females
41% Y – strong immunity
59% N – don’t think so

Y – strong immunity

N – don’t think so


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