Vaccines: Good or Bad?

By: Carson Rabbitt

You should be vaccinated

Why are vaccines given? These shots protect people from sicknesses and viruses that could harm us. The measles have been coming back from once being somewhat extinct. This could be from people not being vaccinated or hesitant to be vaccinated. Why risk getting a sickness when you can get a poke instead? Being vaccinated can save your life. Measles is a very contagious and serious sickness. If you haven't been vaccinated and you come in contact with the measles, you have a 90% chance of getting it (Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN).

What can vaccines prevent? They help people be protected from potential virus outbreaks such as measles. Rare diseases like the measles, polio, whooping cough, and others might start coming back because people are not being vaccinated or again, being hesitant to. People need to realize that as time goes on and more people are not being vaccinated, diseases are going to come back.

You should not wait

You don't want to wait to get vaccinated. If you do, you are at risk of getting a sickness such as the measles. If you wait to get your child vaccinated, they are at risk of getting a virus too. Some parents are hesitant to get there kids vaccinated because they don't want their child to be a rare case in which they have an allergic reaction to the shot. You are 100 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to have a serious reaction to the vaccine that protects you against measles ("Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Vaccines are a matter of fact").

Some people probably have the same question. Are vaccines safe? There have been people who have said that vaccines are connected to kids with disabilities like autism. There is no evidence that vaccines cause disabilities but that could be a reason people are afraid to be vaccinated or have their child vaccinated. I don't believe vaccines are bad. I have received vaccines my whole life. So yes, vaccimes are safe.