To vaccinate or to not vaccinate has always been an important parental decision for their children. It is more important to vaccinate to keep diseases such as measles at bay rather than let nature defend itself. A measles outbreak in a North Texas megachurch, where vaccinations were discouraged, and soaring rates of whooping cough across the state are drawing renewed calls for immunization legislation, which some lawmakers and medical professionals argue would help the state prevent and respond to public health crises.
Make Immunizations Mandatory
The argument for not having immunization legislation is due to protection of patients’ privacy or liberty. Ignore the fact of protecting its general population is more important against preventable diseases. Everyone has the right to chose how their child should be protected. But what happens when that child is sick and goes to school. My child is not protected from the recklessness of those parents. My question is why should the health of my child be at risk for your choice? That is the greatest fear a parent can face. We all know that kids bring home everything from school due to their exposure in the classroom. I don’t think we can sacrifice the ideals of a few for the whole population.
The M.M.R. vaccine has nearly eradicated measles in the United States, but a persistent myth linking the vaccine to autism has led some communities to resist vaccination. For example, Texas has seen a rise over the last five years — to 0.57 percent from 0.23 percent — in parents seeking exemptions for children from immunizations required to attend public school. In addition studies were performed to verify the link to autism and none were found.
This is how it works, an unvaccinated man contracts measles abroad and then spreads the disease to 20 people at Church who had not been vaccinated or had not received a second dose of the M.M.R. vaccine, as recommended. Those 20 people have now become carriers and infect 20 each. So now the disease has spread to 400 people. It they each infect another 20 it becomes 8000 and so on and so on.
Vaccines aren’t effective forever. All they do is build up your immune system to fight a certain disease. Every so often, you have to re-vaccinate to make sure that your body can effectively defend itself against disease. As the effectiveness of that vaccine wanes over time, outbreaks occur every few years when a population becomes vulnerable again. As an example, there have been 2,000 diagnosed cases of whooping cough so far this year in Texas, and two infants too young to be vaccinated have died.
Have you or your children been vaccinated?