To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate
Every fall, as flu season approaches, health services, doctors and local newspapers publish articles that stress the importance of immunization shots, but there is a growing number within communities that view these immunization shots as unnecessary and potentially life threatening. Anxieties have risen as occurrences of varying diseases, such as Measles and Pertussis, have transpired throughout Alberta. These occurrences are reinforcement to the necessity of receiving immunization shots. The immunization shots offered are done so in order to help individuals combat such diseases and in turn prevent larger outbreaks that may carry deadly consequences. Those that oppose the shots are viewed with distain and are also considered potential carriers of the diseases that those who are pro-immunization are trying to protect against. While these diseases are worrisome to all, there are those who do not agree with the necessity of immunization shots. Concerns have been raised in the taking of these shots and the unwanted side effects that may result because of them. The insufficient study into the biochemistry of individuals and the affects of the immunization shots on them, leads to unwillingness to partake in these shots. Those against immunization shots argue that local and federal government, along with health services, use fear tactics in order to win people over to their cause without providing sufficient evidence of the consequences in taking of these shots. With both groups arguing against one another, members of society, particularly those who have dependents under their care, are left with a difficult choice to make, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate?