The Benefits of Vaccinations and the Future of Our Nation

TheBenefits of Vaccinations and the Future of Our Nation

TheBenefits of Vaccinations and the Future of Our Nation

Vaccinationscome along with many benefits, like reduction of mortality rate amongchildren, which are paramount to the entire nation. Vaccines areantigenic materials that are given to people belonging to a certainage group or, the whole population living in a certain part of theworld or nation in response to an outbreak of a deadly disease. Inmost cases, the vaccines are given free of charge to the citizens ofthe country that has predicted an outbreak of a deadly disease. Themost vaccinated deadly diseases in most cases are smallpox and thepolio virus. Smallpox has been completely eliminated while the poliovirus has been nearly eliminated. Because these diseases are deadlyto the children, its better, therefore, to have the childrenvaccinated. This paper will handle the main benefits that come as aresult of using vaccines. It will also cover the counterarguments ofthose who criticize the administration of vaccines, the rebuttalideas, and the conclusion. Based on the above evidence, it isjustifiable to say that vaccines offer numerous benefits to allcitizens in the entire nation.

Benefitsof vaccines

Tostart with, vaccinations are meant to save the life of children(Neustaedter, 2002). The medical science profession has advanced asthey are can come up with vaccines that are meant to help the bodiesof children develop a very strong immune system in response to anattack from an outbreak of deadly infections. Some infections thatwere once deadly and killed a great percentage of children have beeneradicated completely while others are almost being eradicated astheir effects have been greatly reduced. This achievement of vaccinesis due to safety of these vaccines and their efficiency. Forinstance, these vaccines have greatly reduced the impact that wasonce caused by the deadly infectious disease polio. This disease wasthe most feared one as it eliminated the lives of children as otherswere left paralyzed all over the country. Currently, because of theeffective vaccines that has been invented to counter such deadlydiseases to children, no reports of polio-related deaths that havebeen reported.

Secondly,vaccinations can save the citizens their time and money. Most of thevaccine-preventable infections are transmitted from one child toanother once they get in contact. This means that the infectedchildren have to be separated from others to avoid furthertransmission to the healthier ones. In most grounds that brought thechildren together like schools and other child care facilities, thechildren infected from a vaccine-preventable infection will be deniedthese services. Likewise, these infections may lead to long-termdisabilities that will force the affected families to erode theirfinances to take care of the affected child. Some citizens mayexperience lost time at work because of dedicating their much to takecare of the disabled individual. These infections will also meancontinued rise of medical bills. In contrast, if the children getvaccinated against these infections, it’s a fundamental investmentthat is often insured. There’s no good reason for the citizens towait for the infections to advance to complicated stages that willrequire intensive finances other than vaccinating the children atearly stages because this vaccination program is funded by thegovernment. The government takes care of all the related costs, andthe children receive the vaccination at no cost. It’s, therefore,better for the parents to take the chance to prevent these infectionsat early stages at no cost than using more funds later to cure theinfection.

Thirdly,immunization is meant to protect the future generations. During thepast periods, these deadly infections used to wipe away thousands ofkids as well as causing disabilities to several others. All theseeffects have been eliminated by the use of the vaccines at earlystages. For instance, the immunization of the smallpox infectioneradicated it worldwide. The immunization ensured that the disease nolonger exists in any state, and once an outbreak has been reported,initial and early vaccination is done to prevent further infection.Vaccinating against infections like rubella has reduced the impact ofpossible transmission from the mother to the fetus or newborn therebyassuring the citizens that these diseases that can be vaccinated willno longer be in existence in the future to harm their children.

Lastly,the vaccinations are very safe, efficient and effective. Scientistsand other healthcare professionals normally review these vaccinesbefore they can be administered to children. The review is meant toensure that the vaccines are safe for use and serves the intendedpurpose. They ensure that the likely side effects of the vaccines donot exist, and if they do, they do not pose any health issues thatmay cause negative side effects to the users.

Counterarguments

Onthe other hand, vaccines have been opposed by different groupsincluding the human rights activists and the religious leaders. Oneof the reasons is the discomfort and the pain that is experienced bythe users immediately or sometimes after they have been vaccinated(Wirth, 2007). The pain is prolonged in some individuals while inothers it ceases after a short period. There’s a red spot observedat the spot of the injection in the case where the vaccination wasdone through an injection. Some experienced swelling at the spot andalso mild fever though these effects are minor and temporal (Offit,2015).

Thereare serious, complicated effects like those of allergies. Some of thechildren and other users have been observed to have allergic signsthat are observed immediately after the vaccine has beenadministered. The immune system of the body of the users reactsimmediately with these vaccines (Weiss and Kim, 2011).

Someof the counter arguments put across by different people has beendisapproved as they lack scientific evidence. Some groups like thereligious leaders have raised an alarm over the vaccines that theyare being used as a family planning method. All these have no basisof arguing and the scientists have disapproved these remarks.

Rebuttal

Theuse of vaccines to strengthen the immune system has been provedpositive as some of the diseases have been eradicated. Though thereare side effects to some users, they are rare. The serious sideeffects like those of allergies have been solved by the manufacturersof the vaccines. The concern of the religious leaders has raisedserious concern to their descendants who are unable to decide whetherto continue using vaccines or not. Important to remember is that thevaccines are scientifically tested and proven safe for use.

Conclusion

Vaccineshave been widely used to eradicate deadly infections. The benefits ofusing them are too wide and expansive as they help every citizenwhether poor or rich. Though there are negative side effects to someusers of the vaccine, they are not permanent. The costs of theinfection are adverse compared side effects the vaccine. Citizensshould therefore actively participate in the use of vaccines.

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