To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

by Neil Bhamoo and Daniel Koh

Side Effects of Different Vaccinations

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B

This vaccination causes redness and swelling at the injection area in about 30% of all recipients. Compared to the actual disease, this is great because the disease causes even worse symptoms such as fever, lethargy, vomiting, and stiff neck. All of these things can add up to be worse than just a small reaction on one part of your body.

Varicella Zoster Virus

Chicken pox, the disease that this vaccine treats has several relatively mild symptoms. It can cause nausea, rashes, and itchy bumps that soon disappear. The side effects of the vaccine are much worse than the symptoms of chicken pox. The vaccine can cause seizures, pneumonia, and rashes. The rashes are already caused by chicken pox. Pneumonia can be fatal, while none of the symptoms of chicken pox are fatal.
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The Final "Diagnosis"

It really depends on what the symptoms of the vaccination and what the symptoms of the disease are. If the symptoms of the vaccination seem to be worse than the symptoms of the disease, then the vaccine should not be required.