Vaccinations

Vaccinating now will solve problems down the road

Why Vaccinate?

Vaccinations provide a manifold of benefits for the health of the individual, and if recieved on large scale, the health of society as a whole. Even the economy is bennefited from the use of vaccinations.

Health

One of the most obvious reasons to vaccinate a disease is immunity. There may be several short term side effects to the vaccine but the mild discomfort far outweighs the risk of getting a viral infection such as polio, or the chicken pox. Before the vaccine, over 500,000 cases were recorded annually. Now as few as 55 annual cases occur.

Large Scale Vaccinations

The use of vaccines can also limit the spread of a virus, or stop in an area altogether. It everyone has an immunity to the disease thanks to vaccinations, then it can't spread, and outbreaks cannot occur. Even in diseases that are nearly eradicated, without the vaccination it is possible that the virus could fight back and an outbreak could occur.

The economy

The economy is also greatly benefitted from the use of vaccinations. A vaccine for an individual is far cheaper than caring for a sick person. On average, $5 is saved for every flu vaccine in healthcare for sick individuals, and $27 for the DTaP vaccine.

More Information

For more information about the use of vaccines and their many benefits, here is a website to visit.

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/vaccines/understanding/pages/vaccinebenefits.aspx