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Do I need to be vaccinated?

If you think that diseases like measles,tetanus and whooping cough are no longer a threat, then we have bad news for you. In the past few years, the vaccine movement has been gaining popularity around the world. In 2019, vaccines are more afraid than infectious diseases. This fear has caused outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in Russia, Europe and the United States. Red and burgundy in the image highlighted countries in which large measles outbreaks were recorded.

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  • 1 How man defeated the virus
  • 2 Why not get vaccinated
    • 2.1 Vaccinations cause autism
    • 2.2 Vaccinations are toxic
    • 2.3 Vaccinated and became ill
    • 2.4 Natural immunity
    • 2.5 Friends did not get vaccinated and do not get sick
  • 3 How vaccination myths spread
  • 4 Why is rejection a bad thing?
  • 5 What to do with vaccinations?

How man defeated the virus

The story of our species is the story of the fight againstviruses. The loser disappears from the face of the Earth. Remember how many epidemics of various diseases world history has. Just 100 years ago, after the First World War, the Spanish flu epidemic escalated into a pandemic, killing 50 million people. In the 14th century, the plague claimed the lives of more than 25 million, which at that time amounted to one third of the world's population. Smallpox epidemics happened regularly, the disease hit the last blow in the 1970s.

The first smallpox vaccine was given in 1796. British doctor Edward Jenner vaccinated an eight-year-old boy. A month and a half later, the boy was tried to infect with “smallpox”, but he did not get sick. The smallpox war lasted for centuries and ended in the victory of man. The last smallpox was reported in 1977 in Somalia. Today, smallpox specimens are stored in two laboratories in the United States and Russia, but no longer exist in nature.


That's how smallpox virus looks under a microscope

Vaccinations stimulate the immune system, introducethe human body with the virus and allow him to develop defense mechanisms. According to the World Health Organization, vaccination prevents several million deaths per year worldwide.

Why not get vaccinated

Oddly enough, but young parents and, inin particular, mothers are the main culprits of recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in Russia, Italy, the United States and many other countries. They ignore WHO's regular warnings about the benefits and necessity of vaccination, and they are especially distrustful of official statistics. Vaccination opponents are convinced that instead of stimulating the immune system, vaccinations provoke a number of dangerous diseases. But why did they get this?

Vaccinations cause autism

In 1998, gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield conducteda study whose results stated that there was a “possible correlation” between measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and autism in children. Subsequently, his publication in a scientific journal was withdrawn. And all because the author rigged the results.

This story would remain a personal failure.Andrew Wakefield, if not for the reaction to her from the Medina community. A scandal erupted in the British press, which led to a review of the results of the work of the gastroenterologist. But the recall of the publication did not affect the spread of rumors that quickly went outside the UK. And even the official WHO statement about the insolvency of the Wakefield study could not stop them.

Vaccinations are toxic

As part of vaccinations, you can often findhazardous substances such as mercury. It is only logical that when they see the word mercury in the vaccine, many strive to escape from the doctor’s office. But do not rush, and here's why - some vaccines contain an organic mercury compound. The latter is added there in very small quantities as a preservative and is not able to harm health. But it’s really worth worrying about the fact that urban air contains much more dangerous substances than vaccines.

He got vaccinated and got sick

It is believed that along with vaccination in the bodya person gets a strain of the virus that can lead to the development of the disease. In fact, the vaccine contains weak or dead strains, in other words, a “dummy” that does not cause the disease. Unlike ordinary infection. She is just able to seriously harm the body.

However, when a weak strain of the virus and attenuatedimmunity is found, they can "make friends". Therefore, vaccinations are not given if the immune system is weakened. For example, if you have had an ARI, you can only be vaccinated after 14 days. During this time, the body must fully recover from the infection.

Natural immunity

From opponents of vaccination, you can hear thatthe child has a certain “innate immunity” which he absorbs with his mother’s milk and which in no case should be “overloaded” with vaccinations. To begin with, evidence-based medicine refutes the presence of a person’s “innate immunity” from dangerous infections. Thanks to vaccination from the first days of life, the world's population today is 7.7 billion people.

Vaccinations are the greatest achievements of science, whichHelps the body acquire the necessary defense mechanisms. So all the talk about "overload" is a myth. Our immune system works constantly, we just don’t notice it.

Friends did not get vaccinated and do not get sick

Many anti-vaccination products, especially on the Internet,claim that their unvaccinated acquaintances and their children are “the healthiest people on Earth.” Do not flatter yourself when hearing such arguments. Before us is the classic “survivor's mistake” - after all, those who are ill and die simply will not tell you this. But according to official statistics, there are much fewer cases of the disease among vaccinated strata of the population than among opponents of vaccination.

How vaccination myths spread

If you still have not met in the vastopponents of the Internet vaccination, consider yourself lucky. Recently, the social network Facebook began to fight the anti-vaccination movement. And all because social networks contribute to the spread of myths about vaccinations. It is in social networks that anti-vaccines get to know each other and often develop new conspiracy theories, for example, about the conspiracy of doctors or the government.

Recently known TV presenter Irena Ponaroshkupublished a post on her Instagram in which she condemned the court decision on compulsory vaccination of a newborn. The girl was born on August 6 and her mother actively opposed vaccination. The hospital’s doctors went to court and won the case the very next day.

And this is far from an isolated case. By the way, in their social networks, not only Ponaroshka promotes the rejection of vaccinations. In this lesson, many media personalities were noticed, including TV presenters Tutta Larsen and Ksenia Borodina, actors Jim Carrey and Robert De Niro, and even U.S. President Donald Trump.

Why is refusing vaccination bad?

While opponents of vaccination correspond insocial networks, the measles epidemic is raging in the world - since the beginning of 2019, in the United States alone, measles has already been recorded in 10 states, and in Russia the incidence has tripled. As a result, many teenagers and adults began to seriously fear for their lives.

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A person who has refused vaccination orrefusing to vaccinate his child is a danger to society. Having become ill, he is able to infect others and members of his family. According to WHO data for 2017, more than 110 thousand people died from measles alone in the world, including a large number of children under five years of age. And this is with a safe vaccine.

It should be noted that in 2019, WHO included the rejection of vaccinations in the list of global threats facing humanity, along with climate change and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

What to do with vaccinations?

The incidence of measles in the world has grown by 30%. This has led to increased public attention to the issue of refusing vaccinations, raising a number of complex ethical issues for people. For example, about compulsory vaccination, against which not only ordinary citizens, but also celebrities are actively advocating.

Meanwhile, governments of different countries have moved toreal action. So in Italy, despite protests, the law on compulsory vaccination came into force, and the Ministry of Health of Russia is preparing an order, according to which sites with calls to not be vaccinated will be blocked. In the USA, the law on compulsory vaccination also applies, and not vaccinated children are prohibited from attending school.

Despite the active actions of the authorities,the chance of getting infected remains high. Today, each of us must remember the measures for the prevention of infectious diseases - regularly get vaccinated, wash our hands and avoid contact with people who have consciously refused vaccinations, especially if you have a small child.

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