(lol, my name is Emma)
In class we had a lively discussion about what is the public good and what actually is good for the public. Through out our lives, without even thinking about it, we have learned to do what is good for the public. We wash our hands to avoid spreading germs. We get flu shots not only to avoid the flu but to avoid spreading it. We follow traffic laws in order to protect ourselves and others. We never think about these things and there’s never really a debate about them. However, there seems to be much debate over weather or not you should vaccinate your child. Sure, its your child and you have the right to do what you want for him/her but the stupidity in not vaccinating your child is not only harmful to the child and you but to many of thousands of people your unvaccinated child comes in contact with. Whether you believe or not, your stupidity can be harmful.
In the late 90s Dr. Wakefield started this paranoia around vaccination but has been discredited over and over again (see video). He actually got BANNED from spreading around false information about vaccination because he MADE UP his numbers in his study. Of course, this doesn’t stop stupid celebrities, Jenny McCarthy, starting a scare campaign against vaccinations. And uneducated citizens believe her instead of actual proven facts because obviously a celebrities word is better than a professionals. VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM!
VACCINES WORK: vaccines are 90-95% effective in preventing diseases.
VACCINES ARE SAFE: all vaccines are approved by the FDA and will not be given to a child without being tested.
Here is a link to more facts about vaccines:https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Vaccine-Safety-The-Facts.aspx
In case you can’t tell I’m very opionated about this subject. Do you want to have to worry about your kid, or you, getting sick after a fun family day at Disney Land because some air head mom thinks they know better than doctors and won’t get their child vaccinated? I agree that all schools and public places and people working at hospitals should be required to have all their vaccines. The hospital my mom works at (UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland) requires every single person there who comes in contact with kids to be vaccinated. Could you imagine going to the hospital and getting sick from an unvaccinated kid?
I want to say that it should be law that everyone gets vaccinated but I know that would probably be violating some constitutional rights. I get that for religious reasons some people can’t vaccinate their children. However, that’s better than someone who can and won’t. All we can do is strongly suggest kids get vaccinated and make it mandatory for public schools and universities and for all hospitals. As it slowly becomes more mandatory in most places I think slowly more and more anti-vaccinators will start to vaccinate their kids. Well, at least one can dream right? If you don’t believe in vaccinations, well, at least I can say I presented you with the facts but I can’t force you to see my way.