Millie Kirby, a junior litigation executive in the Medical Negligence Department at Fletchers, gives her views on vaccinations:
The first vaccination was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner to protect against smallpox. It was created by taking fluid from a cowpox blister and inserting it into the skin of 8 year old James Phipps, which then led to immunity to smallpox.
Medicine has advanced significantly over the years, and now we are routinely vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis B and more from the age of 8 weeks.
Vaccinations protect us from a number of serious illnesses and are incredibly important for our health and others as well, as many of the diseases we are vaccinated against are contagious.
However, over the past few years, there has been a growing movement known as the “anti-vaxxers”. These are people who have made the decision not to allow their children to be vaccinated, as they believe that vaccines cause more harm than good.
Some people even believe that vaccinations are linked to disorders such as autism, although it is important to note that there is little to no scientific proof linking vaccinations and autism. It is likely that the reason people have this belief is because autism is a disorder which the direct cause is not known.
Many “anti-vaxxers” believe that vaccines actually cause illnesses rather than bring immunity against them, and that natural remedies can instead be used to cure diseases, however again there is little to no scientific evidence to support this. It has however, been scientifically proven time and time again over the years that vaccines lead to immunity against these dangerous diseases.
Although there have been people who were against vaccines, “anti-vaxxers” seem to have become a growing trend over the recent years, and this has led to a comeback of deadly diseases such as measles. Clearly, it is ultimately each person’s own decision whether they chose to be vaccinated/allow their children to be vaccinated, however it is important that people who make the decision not to do so are aware of all of the scientific proof behind both sides of the argument.