Chloe Nolan

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4March, 2017

Comparisonand Contrast of Vaccinations

Thereare various similarities as well as differences between the twoarticles. The two articles have a varying view on the impact ofvaccines on the community health. The article “Childhood VaccinesAre Important to Public Health” by US Department of Health andHuman Services (2014) cites the importance of vaccines. According tothe article, vaccines have a 90% to 100% effectiveness in creatingimmunity and preventing the occurrence of disease affecting children.“Vaccines Are a Danger to Health” by Russell L. Blaylock (2012)on the other hand cites the negative impacts that come about from theuse of vaccines. He criticizes the overuse of vaccines in the healthsector where today people are expected to get over 150 vaccinationsover the lifetime. In this paper, the author argues that indeed thatthere exist similarities and differences in regards to theviewpoints.

Accordingto the “Childhood Vaccines Are Important to Public Health”,vaccines have a 90% to 100% effectiveness in creating immunity andpreventing the occurrence of disease affecting children. Vaccineshelp to stop diseases from spreading by developing immunity in thechildren that are vaccinated. The article cites the fact that therewas a significant decline in the occurrence of vaccine preventablediseases after the vaccines were introduced. The author affirms theabove by stating that, “buthistory shows that vaccine-preventable diseases dropped dramaticallythe years vaccinations were licensed(US Department of Health and Human Services 1)”. The main reasonfor this is the fact that the vaccines prevent the infections thatare caused by germs. The article cites the lack of vaccination as themain reason for diseases that caused the death of many childrenbefore the vaccines were introduced. Infection of one child by aninfection resulted to quick transmission of the diseases to otherchildren that are not vaccinated. Despite the drastic decline in theoccurrence of vaccine preventable diseases, there is need to continuewith vaccinations and ensure that there are no future diseaseoutbreaks that cause deaths. If this is not done, then diseases thathave been prevented will recur. The author takes notes when shementions that “Inour opinion, vaccinating is by far the safer bet. Even thoughdiseases have declined, they haven`t disappeared”(US Department of Health and Human Services 3).

Inthe article “Vaccines Are a Danger to Health” the authorconcentrates on the negative impacts that come about from the use ofvaccines. He criticizes the overuse of vaccines in the health sectorwhere today people are expected to get over 150 vaccinations over thelifetime. Blaylock (1) explains the fact that vaccines did not playan important role in changing the occurrence of diseases that areclaimed to have been prevented by the use of vaccines. For instance,he cites the fact that the cases of measles, whooping cough and poliowere already declining even before their vaccines were introduced.The author affirms his point when he states that, “Evenworse, studies show that many of the vaccines, such as the mixedvaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and Haemophilusinfluenzae type b (known as Hib), actually suppress immunity”(Blaylock 2). This is meant to demonstrate the fact that the use ofvaccines is not the main reason why the occurrence of these diseasesdropped.

Accordingto Blaylock, the main reason why the occurrence of diseases droppedis as a result of improved nutrition and sanitation rather than theuse of vaccines. This was especially the case in the urban areaswhich had experienced a high prevalence of diseases as a result ofthe poor sanitation and nutrition. He explains the fact that scaretactics are used by players in the health industry to get childrenvaccinated. Blaylock (1) explains the fact that most of thestatistics that are used to demonstrate the use of vaccines areobtained from third world countries that have poor sanitation andchallenge of malnutrition. He affirms that “instead,doctors make their case using figures culled from impoverished,Third-World countries with high rates of malnutrition, parasiticinfections, and poor-to-non-existent sanitation” (Blaylock1). He continues to explain the fact that the immune that occurs as aresult of natural diseases is stronger as compared to the level ofimmunity that comes about as a result of using vaccines. For thisreason, greater focus should be made on improving sanitation andnutrition rather than the use of vaccines.

Blaylock(2) explains the numerous disadvantages that come about as a resultof using vaccines in the health sector. Vaccines, for instance, causeunrelated diseases as a result of a mutation which leads to deaths.There are also cases where vaccines lead to the increased occurrenceof diseases that they are meant to prevent. Vaccines have also failedon numerous occasions resulting in the death of children whichdemonstrates the fact that they are not fully reliable. According toBlaylock (2) therefore, the main strategy that should be used toprevent the occurrence of diseases is enhancing sanitation andnutrition in the areas prone to diseases.

Indeedfrom the paper, there exists similarities and differences in regardsto the viewpoints. A major similarity between the two articles is thefact that they both explore the issue of vaccines and their impact onthe health sector. There is also a similarity from the fact that theboth articles cite the negative impact that can come about as aresult of using vaccines. Despite supporting the advantages that comeabout from the use of vaccines, the article by US Department ofHealth and Human Services cites the fact that the vaccines can causea negative reaction on the children. This is similar to the negativeimpacts of vaccines that have been cited by Russell L. Blaylock aboutthe vaccines. Another similarity between the two articles is the factthat both cite the fact that there has been a decline in theoccurrence of diseases that are preventable by the use of vaccines.These include measles, whooping cough, and polio among others. Themain difference in this case, however, is the fact that one articleattributes the decline in diseases occurrence to the use of vaccineswhile the other article attributes the decline to improved sanitationand nutrition.


Blaylock,Russell L. “Vaccines Are a Danger to Health”. Detroit: GreenhavenPress. 2012

USDepartment of Health and Human Services. “Childhood Vaccines AreImportant to Public Health”. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. 2014