Vaccination Safety Concerns

By: Jared Karten (Correspondent)

Skepticism regarding vaccines has recently sparked in the community. Globally, critics have pondered the efficiency of vaccines. Does it even help? Did the scientists create the “right” vaccine?

Just this year, New York State saw its worst breakout of measles in decades with 182 cases. Interesting enough, none of these affected were vaccinated for measles.

Sharon High School nurse Debbie Feldman says that vaccines are created for a reason. “It [vaccines] is for the greater good of the community. Why would we want an outbreak of something that we can control? As a nurse and as a parent in the community, I wouldn’t want to see anyone getting sick or dying from something that can be easily prevented with just a simple visit to a local clinic,” said Feldman.

“You see more and more outbreaks of diseases each year. Now, vaccines aren’t always effective; however, they work more often than not,” added Feldman.

“It’s hard for us to appreciate vaccinations. Way back, diseases like polio were killing a countless number of people. A lot of people underestimate how serious these diseases are,” SHS biology teacher Ms Byrne said.

For children born in 1992, roughly 1 in 150 would be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder; furthermore, in 2004, about 1 in 68 children would be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Today, there are controversies regarding whether vaccines and autism are related.

“I have friends who have children with autism who believe autism and vaccinations are directly related. None of my children have autism and I vaccinate them every year. To me, I don’t think vaccinations are directly related to autism, but since it’s not scientifically proven, there is no right or wrong answer,” said Feldman.

Junior Cam Baker said that the theory of autism changes people’s point of views. “Without this theory of autism possibly being related to vaccinations, I don’t think people would believe it,” said Baker.

“We had a sort of mini unit on vaccinations this year in biology. After studying this, I don’t believe that vaccinations lead to autism. Even before children were vaccinated, there were still children being diagnosed with autism,” added Baker.

Each year, scientists come together to create a strong influenza virus, upgrading it from last year to keep up to date with the fast mutating virus.

“You can make new viruses every hour, every minute. Every time you[the virus] divides, new mutations occur, making the virus different from a previous one. You may have a vaccine from one year be completely different than one in the next, or five, ten years down the line. There are many different flues every year. Some are different than the other,” said Byrne.

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