Vaccines: Shots Fired

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Vaccines: Shots Fired

Photo Courtesy of Yajaira Rangel

Photo Courtesy of Yajaira Rangel

Photo Courtesy of Yajaira Rangel

By Jorge Gomez, Sandpaper: Managing Editor

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Back in the middle ages, a simple cough or sneeze could decimate entire populations by way of microscopic diseases. Ever since the invention of vaccines and advanced medical tools, the state of health in the world has been relatively revolutionary in the prevention of certain diseases. So why then, are there still heated debates over whether or not to vaccinate a loved one or anybody in general?

While vaccines do have their fair share of cons, such as side effects like soreness, swelling, fever, rash, and achiness, as stated by www.historyofvaccines.org, their benefits of attacking huge diseases like smallpox are too great to ignore. From 2006 to 2017, 3,454,269,356 people have received vaccines, though three million are continuing to perish from diseases that could have been stopped using vaccines. The anti-vax people argue that vaccines can cause autism and that diseases like measles are produced by vaccine strains, however both claims have no scientific evidence.

As controversial as a topic this is, there is still room for hard-boiled opinion. Joseph Ramirez, an English 10 and Journalism teacher, had this to say about the conflict when asked about his views on vaccines and the supposed link to autism, claiming “I’m for the basic vaccines, like booster shots. However, I do not do the flu shot annually. I wanted to hear more factual based evidence on the link to autism. The problem with the media though, is that people jump on the bandwagon without looking at the evidence”.

Despite saving countless lives, vaccines seem to have a dangerously negative connotation to them, as claimed by a surefire group of people known as anti-vaxxers. It’s inevitable that every good thing in the world is going to be flawless, but if the thing in question can guarantee safety in a life or death scenario, even with a few flaws, then maybe with more research and analysis of the issue, it could be detached from any loose theories and for once on all sides of the spectrum, be comfortable to use.

 

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