By: Marko Maletic2
Vaccines have become a great debate in our coming society. There are two sides,” the pro vaccine” and the” against vaccine side”. There are numerous reasons to be on either sides but I have chosen to be on the pro vaccine side with many reasonable arguments. I believe that vaccines have a positive effect on the society because they have 90-99% effectiveness in preventing disease, vaccines provide economic benefits for society, and the ingredients in vaccines are safe in the amounts used.
First of all, 90-99% of vaccines are effective in preventing disease. According to Shot at Life, a United Nations Foundation partner organization, vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year. That is equal to roughly 285 children saved every hour. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination. Even though Disease Control and Prevention stated that,” The flu killed more than 100 kids last season”, this was only because 90% of them didn’t get vaccinated. Though the kids were dying, the doctors didn’t just sit there and watch, they did anything in their power to help or support the kids and families in any way possible. One of the major illnesses that has been decreased and cured for many children is the measles. The measles vaccine has decreased childhood deaths from them by 74%. In conclusion, vaccines are effective because they prevent 90-99% of diseases and also decrease the deaths from diseases such as the measles.
Second of all, vaccines provide economic benefits for the society. Vaccines cost less in time and money to obtain than paying medical bills necessary for the disease. For example, children under five with the flu are contagious for about eight days, and according to a 2012 CDC study, it cost parents an average of about $222 to $1,456 and $300 to $4,000 in medical expenses. The CDC estimates that children vaccinated between 1994 and 2014 have saved $1.38 trillion in "societal costs," Furthermore, UNICEF estimates that $6.2 billion could be...