The topic of vaccination is incredibly divisive, especially among parents who are wondering whether or not they ought to vaccinate their children.
Every parent wants to do what is best for their child, so the decision to vaccinate or to not vaccinate is done with the best possible intentions – and is often thoroughly considered, especially amongst those who want not to vaccinate their children.
It is the norm in our society to vaccinate our children, and ourselves, against multiple diseases. Many diseases which otherwise would have caused death in children have been eradicated since the introduction of various vaccines – such as measles, polio, diphtheria, and so on. In fact, vaccines are considered to be so successful that research is ongoing into how to improve their efficacy or to prevent other diseases and new vaccines are introduced to children all the time.
It’s thought that vaccines save millions of lives a year – according to the WHO, the number is between 2 and 3 million deaths are averted per year from polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles.
In this series of articles I'll be exploring, stream-of-consciousness style, vaccines and some arguments for vaccination. Get in touch if you have any input.