War on vaccinations

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Vaccines for measles effectively eradicated the disease in the United States in 2000. However, many anti-vaxxers believe that these vaccinations have links to autism and other side effects. However, there are many studies that show no solid link between vaccinations and autism.

Adhiti Chundur

Diseases such as polio and the measles are something from the past. Before the vaccines for these illnesses were created, many people became victims in the United States.  But since these vaccines were created over 30 years ago, the death rate from measles in the U.S. is 0%.

If vaccines are created to protect people from these diseases, then why are so many individuals opting out of getting vaccinated? One of the big reasons circulating around the internet is that vaccinations cause autism.

However the “Institute of Medicine” published a report saying that “the committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. The committee also concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.”

The United States has a compulsory vaccination policy. Children in all 50 states must have vaccinations before entering school. However, many of the states allow exemptions for religious reasons.

When a child does not get vaccinated, other children are at risk; preventable diseases can get spread around to children who may not be able to receive vaccines because of their age.  This puts our ‘herd immunity’ at risk.”

According to an article on “PBS,” herd immunity “refers to a means of protecting a whole community from disease by immunizing a critical mass of its populace. Vaccination protects more than just the vaccinated person. By breaking the chain of an infection’s transmission, vaccination can also protect people who haven’t been immunized. “

The anti-vaxxers believe that these vaccines are very dangerous, even though these vaccines have been tried and proven by scientists that they are both safe and effective.

There are many studies that show no link between vaccinations and autism. Young children are also safe to receive vaccinations, because they are exposed to all sorts of viruses in their environment.

Since the recent measles outbreak, the president himself is urging parents to vaccinate their children; especially since the science proves again and again that these vaccines work.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie, he said “I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”