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Vaccines are a pretty hot topic these days. There are studies on whether or not they can lead to much bigger and scarier problems than the vaccine was originally created for due to some of the key ingredients, such as mercury in some cases. Even while there are promises that mercury is no longer an ingredient, some reports are claiming 80-90% still have mercury in the mix.
It becomes a bit difficult to navigate through the risks. While your doctor insists you need a flu shot, you might find yourself wondering what the risks of the vaccination truly are, and whether or not it’s worth it. While a child born in 1995 could only be protected from 9 diseases, our kids now can be protected from up to 17, facing parents with the huge choice: to vaccinate or not vaccinate.
When the vaccination, Gardasil, first hit the medical world, every single girl was pressured to get this shot. I was about 17 years old when it first came out to the public, and both my family doctor and my gynecologist were nearly bullying me into getting it. Their badgering me actually made me feel like they didn’t trust me, since they demanded all sexually active teens get this shot, and I had told them I didn’t fall into that bracket.
I’m now 24 years old and I’m still being bullied into the shot, and I’m still refusing it. What they fail to mention in the doctor’s office is that the vaccine doesn’t magically push away cancer and that some women have dire reactions to it and have vaccine damage after the fact. They also failed, at least in my case, to mention it was against HPV and wasn’t a miracle shot.
In the past few years, scientists have dis-proven the Autism-vaccine fear many times. A lot of scientists are confused by how many people are still too fearful to get their children vaccinated, when immunizations have saved lives over the years. One reason this fear might still be alive is the continued coverage of vaccine critics and opposition.
The first time people were concerned about vaccines was in 2001, when Thimersol was removed or reduced to trace amounts in vaccines due to well-documented cases of children and mercury. This type of mercury had been used to preserve vaccines since the 1930s. Since removing or reducing Thimersol, the rate of kids being diagnosed with Autism continued to rise in the same trend as before.
There are many routine vaccinations that are well-known, but there are other lesser-known vaccines that are typically only administered in certain situations. One of the most prominent of these vaccines is the rabies vaccine. Though only 55 cases of human rabies have been diagnosed since 1990, tens of thousands of people have received rabies vaccinations as a precaution.
Typically, people who work with animals such as zookeepers or veterinarians will receive a preventative rabies vaccination. More commonly, the rabies vaccine is administered to someone who has been bitten by an animal. If the vaccine is applied in time and the wound is cleaned, it can help significantly with preventing rabies itself.
The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme is an act in the United Kingdom’s government that is used to compensate families whose children are proven to have dealt with vaccine damage. Though autism is excluded from the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme, it does cover allergic reactions that are uncommonly caused by vaccines, though they do still exist.
In particular, the MMR vaccine has come under fire in recent years. Though there is an enormous amount of evidence stating that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism, there have been instances of vaccine damage leading to epilepsy, convulsions, and brain damage. Families are compensated to a certain extent by UK law when this sort of thing happens.
Though the World Health Organization, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers of Disease Control have agreed that there is absolutely no correlation between the thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines and autism spectrum disorder, there are still some potential dangers with thimerosal when encountered in the wrong kind of setting.
Thimerosal is generally no longer used in vaccines in the United States, though this was done predominantly as a precautionary measure. Thimerosal was never determined to be dangerous in vaccines, though if themerosal is ingested or inhaled, it is known to be extremely toxic. It has also been known to be very toxic to aquatic organisms as well.
In the first four months after a child is born, there are a number of immunizations that are recommended to be administered by doctors. There are further vaccinations that children should receive as they grow older, but the immunizations received in the first four months are considered particularly important in order to keep children safe from serious diseases.
Generally, at birth a Hepatitis B vaccination is administered. In those first four months, however, children are also recommended to receive vaccinations against rotavirus, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, pneumococcus, and polio, among a few others. Later on, vaccinations against influenza, measles, and chickenpox are also frequently administered by medical professionals.
Though it has been repeatedly disproven that vaccines have anything to do with autism and vaccine lawyers generally do not handle any cases related to autism, there are still some rare vaccine injuries that can occur in children and adults. The two general kinds of vaccine injuries that occur are allergic reactions and autoimmune reactions.
Vaccine damage is rare, but it still occurs occasionally, which is why organizations such as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program exist. The reason for these are usually to help parents be compensated for any unfortunate problems that may occur because of vaccines. An autoimmune reaction can lead to multiple sclerosis, encephalitis, or other issues, so when something like this occurs, it is taken very seriously.
In the history of modern medicine, there have only been two infectious diseases that have been completely eradicated from the globe. The lesser-known of these two diseases is a disease called rinderpest, which is a viral disease that infected cattle. This disease, through vaccines, became the first and only livestock diseases to ever be eradicated by humans.
However, the more commonly known disease that has been eradicated completely by human intervention is smallpox. Through vaccination, smallpox was able to be stopped completely, and the global eradication of smallpox was certified in 1979 and endorsed in 1980. The last naturally occurring case of smallpox occurred in Somalia in October 1977.
Vaccines are among the most beneficial medical developments in the history of the world. It has been said that, apart from the development of safe water, “no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction and population growth” than vaccines. They are not, however, without their problems.
Though vaccines have likely saved millions of lives, there are some rarely occurring adverse effects connected to vaccines, known generally as vaccine damage. In rare cases, oral polio vaccine has caused paralysis, for instance, and common childhood reactions to vaccines include fevers and ear infections.