Running Head: THE PROS AND CONS OF VACCINATIONS 1Structured Controversies:The Pros and Cons of VaccinationsMeghan KatersSt.Catherine University
THE PROS AND CONS OF VACCINATIONS2The world today is faced with a conundrum: should people be using vaccinations or not? Vaccinations have been around since the 1700’s to treat smallpox (Riedel, 2005). Since that time many doctors have perfected the art of vaccinations, but the question becomes, have they perfected it enough? Some people who are anti vaccinations argue vaccinations have not been perfected enough and are not always used for the right circumstances. Other people who are pro vaccinations argue vaccines help save people's lives and when others do not take vaccinations it puts the rest of the world in danger. In a world where both of these valid arguments exists, it is hard to decipher the truth. This is not a topic to be taken lightly either because it affects the entireworld’s population. It especially affects healthcare workers, the people that dedicate their lives tosaving others. In the midst of all the arguments there is one clear answer: that vaccinations help save people's lives and should be used. The arguments between anti and pro vaccination provide well thought out points, and many of them are backed by evidence found in the studies later discussed in this paper. Some of these studies, look at the importance of vaccinations in diseases. People who are pro-vaccinations argue that with diseases not taking the vaccination can mean that it can be fatal, andwhen they spread to other people it can potentially be fatal for them as well. Vaccinations were made a very long time ago by Edward Jenner sticking infected cowpox into a person so that their body would be able to use that to build a resistance to the smallpox disease (Riedel, 2005). From this people were able to further develop vaccinations, which is a modified version of the virus put into the body to become more resistant as a preventative measure. The primary reason vaccinations were made is a way to prevent the disease, such as measles or smallpox, so people that got the vaccine would have a less severe reaction. Many groups of people who label themselves as anti-vaccinators across the world, as well as doctors and scientists, believe that
THE PROS AND CONS OF VACCINATIONS3they are not always the best answer. Vaccinations can be given even though they have the potential to make people very sick. The sickness can be caused by giving them a version of the disease or not protecting them from the disease at all. There are other ways to solve the illness that can be better for the patient and put them at less risk. There have been studies concluding that vaccinations can be helpful, but people seem to make them out to be a cure and not a prevention.