PolicyChange on Vaccination of Infants
Vaccinationhas been the key protocol of most government agencies. They focus onpublic health as a key factor on controlling and eradicating thedisease. Vaccination is usually applied on children less than twoyears to ensure that they would not be susceptible to the diseasesthat might affect these children. The idea behind vaccination beganway back in ancient China and India whereby people were subjected toa less effective form of a disease to make the body more resistivetowards the disease. Many scientists worked on this idea in the lastcentury especially by those who understood the whole concept of theagents that cause diseases. They worked on injecting infants withattenuated (weakened) forms of these agents or bacteria that causemost of the diseases. This invention ensured that a person’simmunity was guaranteed to be stronger once exposed to these agents.Once the individual was exposed to such diseases, since they alreadyhad the vaccination, their bodies were fit to fight and eradicatethem. This was a vital way of fighting and controlling most of thediseases that were affecting the world (American Nurses Association,2004). However, numerous activist groups came up after the USgovernment tried to make these vaccination s mandatory. There aresome of the parents who feel that these mandatory vaccinations domore harm than good. The discussion that proceeds will fully explainhow the vaccinations can be the cause of more harm than good.
Effectsof these Policy Changes on stakeholders
Mostinfants get these vaccination injections by the time they reach15months. These injections usually add up to around 25 shots. Mostparents are concerned that their children may be too much affected bythe effects of these vaccinations. These parents feel that the timingof the shots are not coherently scheduled, they view that some shotsthat are administered are done at a more frequent rate than they feelcomfortable. The medical practitioners, however, have the idea thatthese vaccinations ought to be administered at an age that the humanbody has the best immunity ever. This applies to the infants agedfrom 2 to 15 months. These makes most parents worry about theadequacy of these shots. They feel that their babies might beoverwhelmed by these shots. Also, some parents are concerned aboutthe need to immunize their children from some diseases yet they mightthink that they have some natural immunity to most of these diseases.This is another reason for parents to stand against mandatoryimmunization. Allergies are another main factor towards the neglectof these vaccines. Some children have severe allergies that can makethem be seriously affected by some of the ingredients in the vaccine.All these factors speak for the need to disallow the mandatoryvaccination policy (Milstead, 2004).
Importanceof the Policy
Thispolicy ensures that infant mortality is reduced by a huge factor.Most children usually die from diseases that can be prevented throughimmunization. Those parents who are opposed to the vaccination policyare making the government’s policies to fail drastically. This isbecause public health is a vital stage that every government operatedorganization works towards. Currently, most diseases that are proneto affect and even kill most of the people on earth can becontrolled. Therefore, immunization is a very vital activity thatnerds to be adapted by different people in all of the US. This wouldensure that infant mortality would be reduced and the population canfinally thrive. Once all these guidelines are followed, human lifecan be finally be preserved. At least at the infant stage.
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