What it is
- A vaccine is a substance that stimulates an immunity from a disease and is most commonly administered through needle injections, by mouth, or by aerosol.
- Most states offer medical, philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccinations.
- There has been recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable-diseases in children, including measles in Minnesota (with 73 confirmed cases in four different countries).
Why it Matters
Vaccinations have become very prevalent throughout the world over the last century and are one of the main sources of preventative medicine. Despite the vast amounts of research on vaccinations, there is a lot of controversy across the U.S. over the effectiveness of vaccines and how much damage they can potentially cause.
Where We Are Now
- President Trump inserted his voice in the debate and recently questioned the use of vaccines.
- According to the FDA and the CDC, there is no link between Autism and the mercury containing organic compound, thimerosal, which is used as a preservative in many vaccines.
- There is no US Federal law that mandates vaccinations, but all 50 states authorize certain vaccinations for children entering public schools and daycare facilities.
Things to Think About
- Check out this interactive map of vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S.
How will the President Trump’s views on vaccinations affect the public’s outlook?
Does living in a developed country, such as the U.S, impact your opinion on vaccinations? And how?