By: Michelle Li
A measles outbreak in the US that started in Disneyland in late December 2014 has already spread to 17 states and infected more than 100 people (Ziv, Stan). Vaccines have become an important achievement in history. They have eradicated many once life threatening diseases and protect the public from harm. However, some fallacies about vaccines have led to parents making the ignorant decision to not vaccinate their children. Many people believe the misconception that since we now have modern technology and have vastly improved our hygiene and science, we are safe from diseases. That is not the case. Once prevented diseases could reappear and public health officials are poorly equipped to handle such a large outbreak (Saari, 8).
Vaccines can cause adverse reactions such as seizures, paralysis, and even death.(vaccines.procon.org)
Many people say that vaccines are the cause for Autism. It is also the reason why many parents refuse to vaccinate their children. (Hannaford)
However, vaccines have been proven numerous times that they do not cause Autism, and adverse reactions are extremely rare.
This video shows how lack of vaccinations have led to the return of dangerous diseases such as the Measles
Saari, Holly. The Vaccination Debate. North Mankato: ABDO Publishing Company. 2011. Print.
Hannaford, Alex. "Unscientific Claims About Autism Take a Toll." Why is Autism on the Rise? Greenhaven Press, Web. 5 Apr. 2013. 8 Feb. 2015.