To Vaccinate, Or Not To Vaccinate?

Photo Credit:  31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Photo Credit: 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Amelia Gould, Staff Writer

There is a growing debate around the world about whether or not vaccinations should be required. Those included in the debate, dubbed “anti-vaxxers,” have caused quite the trend nowadays. However, not vaccinating doesn’t seem to have many benefits, if any at all.

There was a study conducted that showed 80% of the parents that vaccinate their kids say they were influenced by their healthcare provider, according to a Medpagetoday article. 10% of parents think about skipping or delaying some vaccinations, and 1% decide against vaccinating entirely.

Much of the fear of vaccines is that it has a link to autism. Andrew Wakefield is the one who is credited with this belief after he released a study with just twelve kids, citing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He is not a doctor, as his conclusions have been proven false, and he has since lost his medical license.

”The age children are supposed to get the MMR vaccine happens to be the same age that diagnosable signs of autism can begin to appear,” John Oliver, a talk show host on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, said in a segment about vaccines. “But correlation is not causation.”

Some anti-vaccine parents may believe that their choice only affects them. But herd immunity is an important part of why vaccines are needed. If enough people are not vaccinated, there is a chance that an outbreak could occur and infect the people who can’t be vaccinated.

“I think their rationale causes health issues, and is not scientifically proven or justified,” Mr. Sorrell, the Dakota Ridge choir teacher, said. “By not vaccinating their children, they’re actually opening the gate for more health issues to be caused.”