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Vaccination is a good investme..

"Vaccines are the most cost-effective health care interventions there are. A dollar spent on a childhood vaccination not only helps save a life but greatly reduces spending on future healthcare"

- Ezekiel Emanual, American oncologist and bioethicist

Vaccination or Immunization is the process of making a person immune to an infectious disease by administering vaccines. It is one of the best ways to protect infants, children and teens from 16 harmful diseases that may require hospitalization or sometimes even deadly. A study states that nearly 2-3 million children lives are saved each year ending preventable child death. The best example one can think of is the great impact created by the Polio vaccine throughout the world. Polio was once the most-feared disease causing death and paralysis across the globe, but today with the invention of polio vaccine we hear no major cases on polio.

Getting a child vaccinated may be overwhelming for every new parent however, it becomes one of the first and foremost parental decisions they make to give their child a healthy start in life. Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo a long and careful review each year by scientists, doctors and federal governments to make sure it is safe. It is believed that getting vaccinated is an early good health investment made usually covered by insurance. As some vaccine-preventable disease can prolong disabilities and can take a financial toll. In addition, the use of several vaccines has reduced drastically as in some cases many diseases that killed people or left them disabled a few generations ago is eliminated. For example, smallpox is eradicated completely. However, outbreaks of some diseases like mumps, measles and whooping cough are still a threat. Administering shots as recommended by CDC and the AAP’s staying on schedule will help build immunity. Not only children need to be vaccinated but also adults need to keep up their vaccination up to date based on age, health condition and their lifestyle. It is clear that their immunity from the childhood vaccine wears off over time. All adults may need influenza vaccine every year and Td or Tdap vaccine to protect against vulnerable diseases.

Fortunately, most of the parents choose to vaccinate their children. But, in some underdeveloped and war-torn countries, the outburst of vaccine-preventable disease is becoming common due to short supply of life-saving vaccines. It’s a great surprise that people from some countries opt out of vaccination merely due to personal and religious reasons. The WHO lately warned reports of measles that spiked killing over 110,000 people in various countries due to gaps in vaccination coverage. Those who suffered from the disease are not vaccinated. The choice of not vaccinating doesn’t only affect you but also the society as well. We assume that old diseases like measles, mumps are gone but they aren’t. It’s always best to consider vaccination and keep ourselves educated to make a wise decision either to vaccine or not.

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