Since the first immunizations were made available to the general public to combat terrible diseases that routinely killed thousands of children every year, many of these diseases of come close to complete eradication. From smallpox to polio, these crippling problems were a thing of the past… until now. Many parents are looking at current research and see dangers in the use of immunizations because of the ingredients that are used. Some research may even suggest that immunization could be a trigger of autism. How good are immunizations?
Here are the Pros of Immunization
The primary benefit of immunization is that it helps the human body have a greater protection against severe disease. The risks of the immunization outweigh the rewards of being protected against highly contagious diseases, such as polio, that can cause crippling paralysis and death. In turn, this immunization leads to an overall better health, longer life expectancies, and less worry about who or what may be around you.
Immunization also helps to reduce the seasonal illnesses that still cause death to this day. A yearly flu vaccine, for example, can help to immunize you against specific strains of the influenza virus that are expected to be prevalent for a specific season. Other viral infections, such as whooping cough, can help to protect against or reduce the symptoms of a virus that has infected someone.
Here Are the Cons of Immunization
The primary issue that people face with immunization today are allergies. Because there are several components to a vaccine, there is a small but great risk of an allergic reaction occurring that holds a greater danger than not receiving the vaccination. This is especially true in flu vaccines that often contain egg protein in them.
Another issue of concern is the development of autism in children. Autism spectrum diagnoses have increased three-fold within the last decade and some parents believe that the use of vaccines has attributed to this. The question that must be asked is this: is the development of a potentially crippling disease that could be fatal worth the risk of the development of autism within a child? The research is inconclusive on an overarching scale.
Immunization could also be seen as a means of disrupting nature. Certain people may normally be seen as susceptible to disease and a vaccine could help them survive when this normally wouldn’t occur. This creates stress on the planet, according to the theory, because of overpopulation.
Is Immunization the Right Choice For You?
In many cases, any risks of side effects from immunization are outweighed by the rewards that the immunization provides. Consult with your doctor if you are concerned about specific health issues you may have with vaccines, discuss any alternatives, and concerns you may have with the development of autism. That way you can make the best, most empowered choice possible.