African Americans and Vaccine Resistance

Recent stories have made many people look into the decision of whether or not to get vaccinated. Many parents are wondering if vaccines are really needed with outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough, measles, and other infections in various cities throughout the United States. While it is true that some strains of the disease are endemic in Africa, most vaccinations are preventative and would actually help prevent serious illnesses that non-immune individuals spread. Here are a few things to take into consideration when deciding whether or not vaccines should be required for African Americans:

-There has been no conclusive study linking autism and vaccination. This does not mean that vaccines cannot prevent individuals from contracting this disease. However, there is strong evidence that African American children are at higher risk of contracting this disease than other children. This is because some strains of the disease are highly infectious, meaning that a single illness can quickly bring an uninfected individual into contact with the infectious strain.

-Vaccinations have been shown to lower the number of cases of respiratory diseases. These diseases include ococcus, pneumococcus, adenocarcinoma, and influenza. Of these, a majority of them would be impossible to contract were it not for vaccination. This goes for all African American races. Since the African American race’s immune systems are much less effective at fighting infections than Caucasians, they are at a higher risk of contracting these deadly diseases. By getting vaccinated, you would reduce your chances of contracting these diseases.

– Those who don’t get vaccinated would risk exposing their children to unadulterated viruses that could harm them. Unadulterated viruses include pathogens like shingles, hepatitis, measles, and rubella. This would lead to more serious problems down the road and a shortened lifespan for their children.

-Vaccine hesitancy is common. Many parents do not want to allow their children to get vaccinated. However, if a case of warts occurs, a visit to the doctor would not solve the problem, and the situation would only worsen. For this reason, a visit to an alternative medical practitioner can be recommended.

The fear factor is real and should be taken seriously. If the African Americans in your area do not feel the same way about vaccinations, there is an alternate method to get them. No one should be afraid to seek alternative medical care. However, African Americans should do their best to avoid those who share the same fears as they are experiencing. There are so many things going on in their lives, and their health should be a priority.

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