P a g e | 1 Policy, Politics, and Global Health Trends C159 Melinda Byrd, BSN 09/03/2018 Western Governors University
P a g e | 2 1a. Why I Selected Vaccination Vaccines are a hot button subject in the United states of America and have been for quite some time. Tales of children with polio are reflected in movies and history books. News stories about outbreaks of measles and influenza are seen regularly on the television these days. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a faction that has emerged and is very much anti- vaccine. They move forward with their cause with little to no science behind their ideals and that is a dangerous platform to move forward on. Several celebrities with no medical training have decried vaccinations saying they are full of poisons and can cause autism; a claim which has no substance and has been disproven many times over in the scientific community.[Bar16] The increasingly popular trend of skipping vaccinations for children is endangering not only these unfortunate children, but also children who medically cannot receive vaccines and must rely on others to have immunity. When others do not vaccinate their children, they put children who cannot receive them on high risk of catching them. While vaccinations do have on some rare occasion bad reactions, the benefit of them far outweighs the risk in most cases. Disease like Polio have been wiped from our country because of the use of vaccinations and more could be if people would get their children vaccinated on a set schedule from birth. Mothers receiving whooping cough vaccinations can give those benefits to their unborn children and get them through infancy without this disease. Vaccines like Gardasil can protect our young against pelvic cancers and HPV.[Bar16] Vaccines have saved billions of lives and have made our country a healthier place to live for small children and they should be respected for the life-saving tools that they are. Although people can decline vaccinations for their children, it might benefit the country to have a policy in which they cannot attend public school unless they have a medical reason not to have the vaccination. They should have to supply medical documentation to attest
P a g e | 3 to this. The best solution would be to get rid of the moral objection form that schools allow unvaccinated children to attend with now. I selected vaccinations for my paper because as a nurse I strongly believe in the benefit over risk for this medical intervention. The American Academy of Family Physicians or AAFP stated that doctors should not offer vaccinations as an option, but rather something necessary for the child.[Hun16] If it is presented as part of their regular checkup such as an eye check or blood pressure check, it may be more widely acceptable.
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