Depending on what age you’re at, there are constantly times for vaccinations. We’ve already gotten past the point where many celebrity voices are fooling many people. There are those who will always listen, because celebrities like Jenny McCarthy are telling them what they want to hear. However, the idea is to save lives.
When it comes to vaccinations, they have virtually wiped out certain serious diseases in certain areas of the world. Unfortunately, we have seen people who refuse vaccinations, putting everybody else at risk, and these diseases that should be gone have killed or disabled a number of children.
Experts estimate that vaccines save approximately 8 million lives every single year. For just measles, you will find that over 10,000 lives are saved every year. Prior to 1980, more than 2.6 million deaths were because of measles. Now, we hardly even think about measles. Fatalities are virtually unheard of these days because of vaccinations.
Since 2000, children at large have been vaccinated, and deaths went down by 80%. The truth is that vaccines work. Since 2000, more than a billion children have been successfully vaccinated against measles. Likewise, smallpox killed millions in the 20th century alone. However, by 1978, it was completely wiped out in many areas. Why? Because of vaccines.
There are plenty of diseases such as polio (which one of our former presidents would know about), diptheria, pertussis, and others that we generally don’t have to think about anymore. We have prevented a lot of cases, but we can of course do better. We still have cases that pop up specifically because there are people who choose not to get vaccinated.
It’s not just about preventing illness. If you get a vaccine and you get sick anyway, you will suffer a less severe form of the infection. There are those who will not respond to vaccinations, and they are protected by all of those around them who do getting vaccinated. This includes infants who may be too young for some vaccinations.
Frankly, there are always going to be people who have no idea what they are talking about who shoot off their mouths about vaccinations. There will always be those who choose to listen to them, even though they have no credentials that would make a reasonable person see them as credible. Both Jenny McCarthy and Alicia Silverstone can be counted in their ranks. Unfortunately, a recent bill that proposed to make it harder for people to not get their kids vaccinated was defeated.
It’s time to get back on board. It’s time to get back on top of things and figure out how to address this movement that has caused outbreaks of diseases that we can eliminate. It’s time to prevent deaths, because they don’t have to happen.