The benefit of vaccination is that it primarily helps in preventing diseases. In essence, vaccination is considered amongst the greatest health achievement of the year. Health experts agree that immunization is crucial in staying healthy. It is estimated that vaccinations prevent millions of hospitalization and deaths across the globe. While it is natural to focus on potential side effects when considering vaccination for your child or yourself, it is much better to balance the benefits of having the vaccine that focusing on the negative effects.  In essence, the ongoing debate on vaccinations is far from over, multiple parties including religious and political bodies have long debated on the risks versus the benefits of vaccination following high contention, vaccinations have been a subject of recent campaigns from both Republicans and Democrats, who despite their differences roughly form a consensus about preventive health benefits of some vaccines like the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Nonetheless, the science is in, and Health Research indicates that the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks.

While it doesn’t mean that vaccines have no side effects, like most other things in life, everyday life is full of risks. As such what is important is to manage the risks by all possible mean. This being said, vaccines allow us to manage risk of getting infectious diseases.  Considering that a child or an individual is far more likely to be at risk from serious infectious diseases than by vaccines, the benefits of getting vaccinations far outweigh potential risks of the same. So while we argue that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risk, it should be noted that vaccinations carry a number of risks as well. It is very common to have swelling and redness especially on young children following injectable-vaccinations, but this disappears in no time. Irritation or feeling unwell immediately after vaccination is almost common with slight temperature rise that also disappears in days. In rare occasions, some people have mild allergic reactions immediately after vaccination; this may involve itching, difficulty in breathing, collapse and rashes in medical terms known as anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylactic reactions are however very rare and are reversible.

Nonetheless, it is undisputable that vaccinations have dramatically decreased the rate of diseases. Over time, humans have increased their capability to employ vaccines to protect themselves against diseases such as tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and diphtheria. As a matter of fact, the frequencies of these diseases have declined that the public has forgotten their impact thanks to vaccination, not improved hygiene or sanitation but vaccination. However, it should be noted that though vaccinations have helped in reducing the rate of such diseases, these diseases haven’t fully disappeared. In fact, health studies from other countries that have no access to vaccinations confirm that vaccine preventable infections can and may return. That is why we cannot stop vaccinating, that is why we still have vaccinations for diseases that we cannot see. On the other hand, vaccination is not only a personal choice but also a communal affair.  It is possible to use vaccinations to protect those who are yet to be vaccinated hence prevent infections from being spread to the others. As a matter of fact, vaccines not only save lives but costs too, it is far much cheaper to prevent a disease rather than treat it. While safety concern issue remains paramount to the discussions of vaccines, it should be noted that vaccines are not only effective but safe. Vaccines undergo vigorous testing prior to approval. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consistently and continuously monitor vaccines for safety. So while it may be tempting to negate the use of vaccines, in essence having vaccination is far much safer that not getting one. Yes, they are not 100% effective in every one, but so far they are the best defense against ancient, current and incoming infections.