Vaccines are one of the most controversial topics today. Vaccines were created to prevent the spread of viruses or to prevent from obtaining the disease. A virus is a piece of DNA/RNA that injects its DNA/RNA into a cell and the cell then duplicates that. The virus causes diseases, such as measles. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases that is caused by a virus called morbillivirus. It can lead to a rash, ear infections, diarrhea, even brain damage, and death.
It can be caught by air, like coughing and sneezing. Measles was first seen in 1657, in Boston and continued to grow, affecting other countries. Around 1960 is when vaccines for measles started developing (The History of Vaccines, Measles). Vaccines today, however, have advanced more, but there are still people who talk about the advantages and those who talk about the risks of vaccines, and today we will look into vaccines for measles.
When vaccines for Measles were created and used, the number of people obtaining the disease lowered by 99 percent in the areas that adopted vaccines.
However, other places that haven’t accepted vaccines, still suffer from measles. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the best way to prevent the spread of measles is for the community to get vaccinated. All children especially should get vaccinated as measles lead the death most of the time. Adults should also just to prevent the disease from spreading to others. Two vaccines that prevent measles and that is MMR and MMRV.
One is for children and adults and the other is for children only (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Measles).
The World Health Organization suggests that children are vaccinated twice. Their goal is to eliminate measles and other diseases by trying to get everyone to get vaccinated. They started with the children, so the first dose of MMR would be in preschool and then later on. This started in 1990, in southern and central America, which showed that the number of disease cases decreased in the area. (The Measles & Rubella Initiative ).
Along with all the benefits of vaccines, there are the risks that come with them. The National Vaccine Information Center stated the simple risks that were common after getting vaccinated, which included, fever and itching. However, they also talked about more serious side effects, like seizures, vomiting, and joint and digestive system pain. To include, they found that in March of 2018, there were about 90,000 vaccine reactions where people were either injured, hospitalized, or dead. And of these 90,000 about 60 percent were children who were under the age of six (National Vaccine Information Center).
The MMR vaccine is supposed to prevent measles, mumps, and other diseases. The vaccine is considered to “protect children for life.” However according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even after getting vaccinated, some people will still get measles or other diseases. Experts don’t know why it happens, and although they obtain measles is said to be a lesser and lighter impact (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Some simple issues and problems with vaccines are that some people are allergic to them and that already is a problem as to why not vaccinate. Also, pregnant women or planning to be pregnant should not get vaccinated. Even people with short breath or Febrile Respiratory illness should not vaccinate. There are some others conditions where people who fit cannot vaccinate (National Vaccine Information Center).
In conclusion, many factors can lead one to decide if one should get vaccinated or vaccinate their children. When choosing we must look at both points of view. If you vaccinate, think about the side effects that can happen. If you don’t think about all the others that may get measles including yourself. If it was up to me, I would vaccinate because even if there will be side effects and a slim chance of bad things happening to me, I would rather not help spread the disease. I would rather help try to prevent measles in any way I can.