10 Things about Getting Vaccinated

We all can probably remember that moment when we went to the doctor and he gave us our immunizations as kids. Not a fun moment, right? Who wants to willingly go and get poked by a needle? It was good for us though, right? We need them to stay healthy and avoid disease. Here are some 10 facts about vaccines and the arguments for and against them.

  1. Most diseases such as measles, varicella, and HIV have decreased in people once a vaccine was introduced and given.
  2. Great Britain, Japan, and Sweden all stopped giving the pertussis vaccine in the 1970s-80s and all three countries had pertussis epidemics afterwards.
  3. All 50 states in the United States require vaccinations before the children are allowed to go to school. Those against vaccines argue that parents should be able to choose whether their children get vaccinated or not. Each state has different exemptions for parents based on medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.
  4. Some studies show that vaccines can be linked to autism, ADHD, and multiple sclerosis, although other researchers argue that the research isn’t correct.
  5. In 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner created the first vaccine to be given as to the public for health safety. It was for smallpox, and used a virus that was similar to smallpox, but it affected cows.
  6. Massachusetts became the first state to require everyone to get vaccinated for smallpox.
  7. In 1999, researchers suggested taking thimerosal (a neurotoxin) out of vaccinations because of studies that showed it was linked to autism. By 2009, most vaccines didn’t have thimerosal in them, except for influenza, meningococcal, and tetanus.
  8. By 2010, at least 10 million children under the age of one were being vaccinated each year.
  9. Vaccines can have some side effects. They include rashes, fevers, and soreness where the vaccine was injected. Vaccines can also still cause reactions, although they are considered to be rare occurrences.
  10. Some researchers say that vaccines are necessary for children before the age of five so they can avoid illness. Other researchers suggest that child’s immune system is enough to protect themselves without needing a vaccine.


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