Are Vaccines Safe?

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Vaccination is the synthetic way to attempt to achieve immunity against disease. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines vaccines as substances used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. It is human-created vaccines that we most always associate with the words vaccine or vaccination. On the other hand, natural vaccination is truly the more effective route and often provides a better and more complete immunity. The natural vaccination entails actually acquiring the infection in the environment. The reason for this being more effective is that the antibodies that your immune system generates and the memory cells created are specific for fighting against that specific strain (and will more than likely be effective), where as a vaccination at a hospital hopes to target the correct and most frequent strains by percentage. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has stated that “It is true that natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccines. Whereas immunity from disease often follows a single natural infection, immunity from vaccines occurs only after several doses.”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “General Vaccine Safety Concerns,” http://www.chop.edu, Apr. 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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