Vaccines: To Help Or To Make it Worse
Haris Malik
Darren Lucas
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Vaccines: To Help or To Make it worse
In the world today, the advancement in technology has led to many healthy lives of people. The average age of death is increasing and there are lesser early childhood deaths. Much of the credit goes to the vaccination provided at an early age or later on in life (depending on what it’s for) which makes the person immune to a disease or bacteria, or at least start making antibodies that fight against such bacteria. Being in this course we need to realize the importance of what adding foreign antibodies can do. Today I will argue whether getting vaccination is actually helping people out or does it come with a catch.
The start of the 21st brought about many questions especially in the field of science. Early 2000’s it was discovered that giving chickenpox vaccine to small children was beneficial in sense that it reduced chickenpox, but greatly increased the risk of shingles in adulthood. That’s the point of the first article where ANDREW POLLACK gives the title “Chickenpox Vaccine Cuts Deaths but Raises Questions on Shingles” (02/03/05, In: New York times, New York (NY)). Another author writes about how combination of vaccines may lead to seizure risks (Caryn R., VITAL SIGNS; CHILDHOOD: Combination vaccine and Seizure risks, 06/29/2010, New York Times, New York (NY)).
The articles all discuss how it can be dangerous, instead of helpful, to take vaccine. The studies showed that children, who took the vaccine for chickenpox, had more chances of getting shingles when they grew up because the body couldn’t develop an immune system to fight against it. “After people have chickenpox, the virus remains dormant, held in check by the body's immune system. But sometimes it becomes active again, particularly in elderly people or those with compromised immune systems” says Pollack A. in his article. This means that...