The subject of vaccination is one that has its fair share of controversies. Many people, both beneficiaries and those that dispense the service argue and discuss on whether it is necessary, safe or at all beneficial to have vaccines against the many diseases. At the end of the day, we can only really look at the advantages and disadvantages of this practice then leave it to the individual to have their opinions.
Vaccination is generally the introduction of a germ into the body of an individual so that the body will be immune from contracting the disease it is immunized against. This is done by infecting the body with a weakened version of the pathogen which is being immunized against. The body will naturally produce a defense mechanism to fight this intrusion. After the body has fought the threat, the anti-bodies remain in the system thus creating an immunity against a said disease.
- Most medical doctors and other healthcare professionals are positive about what has been achieved through vaccination in preventing and eradication a number of life threatening diseases. The pros are weighty enough to be considered. Here are some:
- Prevention of disease is one of the most important advantages of vaccination. Whether going in disease prone areas or just getting a vaccine during childhood, vaccination has really done much to prevent diseases like polio, whooping cough and various types of fevers.
- Disease eradication. Vaccination programs have been carried out extensively and have totally eradicated life threatening diseases from the human race. It is more than the vaccinated protecting the unvaccinated because here, the threat is done away with completely.
- A lot of money has been saved since the advent and adoption of vaccination. This is money that would have otherwise been used in getting medical attention and buying medication. Other amounts would have been used in developing medicines and research that goes with it.
- Susceptibility of new born babies in the event mothers have used intravenous diseases. Babies can contract diseases like hepatitis if their mothers have been using such vaccination.
- Artificial immunity will compromise the body’s ability to defend itself for a long time. Natural immunity can last longer. For instance, contracting chicken pox can give you a lifelong immunity against the disease as the antibodies will be aptly developed to defend the body against the real disease.
- There is the risk of harmful and toxic chemicals being introduced to the body. Some people or even children may react severely to these chemicals. The chemicals include.
- Mercury- this is a toxic substance that possess great risks to people. Enough has been said of the dangers of this substance.
- Aluminum- aluminum is a metal that has been associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and seizures.
- SV40- the simian virus 40 is associated with tumors. This is prevalent in children and is traceable to the monkey tissue used in making the polio vaccine.
- Formaldehyde- this is a chemical widely known for causing cancer.