As many are aware, there has recently been a big controversy surrounding vaccines and whether or not you should vaccinate your child. But let me be clear, vaccinating your child is not just for their own good, it’s for the good of the entire community, and if you do not, you are neglecting the good of many other children.
Recently there has been a fairly large outbreak of measles throughout the USA. In this year alone, there have been 704 cases of the disease. According to the CDC, the states with measles outbreaks include, “Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.” The majority of people who got the measles were unvaccinated.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. Forget about causation, there’s not even correlation. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) themselves have stated that there is no link between vaccines and autism. They stated, “Some people have had concerns that ASD might be linked to the vaccines children receive, but studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD.” That’s just not how it works, even a little bit. So no, you cannot use autism as an excuse to not vaccinate your kid.
Another ridiculous thing people seem to happen if you vaccinate your infant, they’ll die. Newsflash; no, they won’t. At least, not because of vaccines. Some people seem to think that vaccines contribute to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This theory probably emerged because of the fact that children need multiple vaccines between 2 and 4 months, around the same time that SIDS most often occurs. However, the CDC is adamant that these have nothing to do with each other. They say, “The evidence accumulated over many years do not show any links between childhood immunization and SIDS.”
People also avoid vaccinating children because of religious reasons. According to the Wall Street Journal, “pockets of Muslim, Christian and Orthodox Jewish families object to receiving the shots on religious grounds.” Along with this, they write, “According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all but three states—California, West Virginia and Mississippi—grant exemptions from school immunization requirements for religious reasons.” This is ridiculous. I may respect your religion, but I don’t respect the danger you put other children in by avoiding vaccines. Typically, states with fewer exemptions have fewer cases of diseases preventable by vaccines. This should make it clear how hurtful these exemptions are.
I also need to bring up the fact that when people make the choice to not vaccinate their kids, they endanger other kids who don’t have the luxury of being vaccinated. Some kids have allergies to the vaccines and cannot take them, and the only thing that protects them is herd immunity. As long as everyone else is vaccinated, they should be fine. But as the number of kids who are unvaccinated go up, so does the chances that someone who had no choice will get sick. It puts a lot of kids in danger when people stop vaccinating children.
Overall, the odds of a child getting sick because of a vaccine are much, much slimmer than getting sick because of a lack of vaccines. Please, for the good of every child, vaccinate your kids.