Why Most Children Need To Be Vaccinated

Why Most Children Need To Be Vaccinated

A perspective on the importance, access to, and why children must obtain vaccines.


When seeing her best friend Nick on the playground during recess, she noticed something different about him."Nick, what happened? Why do you have a band-aid on your arm?" she asked Nick.

"My mom and dad made me get a shot yesterday" Nick responded.

"Why did they make you get that?"

"It was to protect me from something called the measles? I just know it hurt!" Nick said.

"Well, at least you're protected!" she replied.

"Ha! My parents didn't make me get that!" Joe yelled as he walked over to the main group of friends.

"Well why is that?" Maria asked; she then adjusted her bright pink beanie on her head.

"Because my parents don't believe in vaccines. They not only believe it doesn't work, but makes you worse. And hey, I'm not complaining" Joe responded.

"What do you mean?" Nicked asked him.

"I mean that have you read the potential side effects for these shots? My parents told me that the side effects were worse than the sicknesses themselves"

"But they protect you from spreading diseases to us as well" Nick replied.

"I would rather contract the disease and build a stronger immune system because of it than risk the side effects of the vaccine" Joe stated.

"So, you would rather risk getting the measles and infecting us all, rather than just taking the vaccine for it?" Sam asked.

"Yes, it's my body and my rights. Anyway, Maria, don't you not have to get vaccinated?"

"That's different" Maria replied.

"Well, I don't see how it is different. I mean, you don't do vaccines because of the side effects either" Joe said.

"That's because of my chemotherapy and cancer treatments! I haven't been vaccinated for diseases like the measles because they might mess with my medications!"

"Yeah well…" Joe attempted to say, but was cut off.

"But if I didn't have cancer, nor be going through these treatments, I would have had my vaccines taken care of! Don't you know how much danger you and your parents are putting us through? If you got sick and had the measles, you do realize that we would be one of the first exposed to the disease. So please, talk to your parents again" Maria explained.

"And at least you can afford to get these vaccines!" Michael said. He had just arrived back with a tray of food that he brought from the school cafeteria.

"Do you know that I haven't been able to be vaccinated because my family could not afford it. And do you think that I want to remain unprotected from diseases like the measles? I would love to be able to not worry about getting sick or contracting different diseases! But, because I cannot get the vaccine due to my family's situation, I not only must be careful, but am also very vulnerable as well. So yeah, talk to your parents again, and get your vaccines. And saying things like "they won't work", or "I don't believe in them", if we all did that, then diseases like the measles, which are curable, would spread once more. So, please do your best to get your vaccinations" Michael explained.

"I'll see what I can do" Joe replied, and walked away from the tables, towards the playground.

After all of the children on the playground played for about 15-20 minutes, all of them went insides, and had forgotten to wash their hands. Unfortunately, Joe started coughing and developing fever symptoms the next morning; and a couple of days later found white spots in his mouth. Despite this, his parents sent him to school anyway; and pretty soon, more and more kids began to cough, and develop similar symptoms.

Further Readings:

8 Reasons Parents Don't Vaccinate (And Why They Should)

Rates of unvaccinated and exempted children on the rise, says CDC

Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

Why Parents Aren't Vaccinating Their Kids, According to New Study

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Power Of Journaling

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One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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