Vaccines: from miracle to possible danger

Vaccination 2019 Cholera

UNZimbabwe/2018 The Oral Cholera Vaccine is being administered in the most affected areas around Harare. 03 October 2018.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms. Agnė Lozovskytė , a first-year Vilnius University medicine student from Lithuania. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect neither IFMSA’s nor The European Sting’s view on the topic.


Nowadays, the topic of vaccinations is still popular and it is unreasonable, considering the fact that vaccines were first introduced in 1796 and since then diseases like diphtheria, chickenpox (varicella), measles and many more have been eradicated. However, people still argue that by vaccinating children, the parents are putting them in danger.

For many years scientists and medical doctors have been trying to prove how crucial vaccinations are using evidence-based statistics that show a significant drop in children’s mortality due to vaccinations. Despite the scientific proof, the discussion is still ongoing, which is why it is important to stop trying to prove the “anti-vaccination’’ supporters wrong, but rather to try to understand the motive behind their choice.

The main reason the anti- and pro-vaccination debate started was the research paper linking vaccines to autism. The Lancet published this study in 1998, however, the magazine completely retracted the paper in February 2010, admitting that several elements in the paper were incorrect. On the other hand, many scientists believe that the reason behind this heated discussion is how medicine is advancing in the recent years.

Unlike now, earlier it was unknown that syndrome varies along a spectrum of severity and was only diagnosed when a child under age of three demonstrated problems with language development and lack of responsiveness. Now it is agreed that a specific age and language impairment are not sufficient enough to make the diagnosis. As for the causes of autism, they still remain unknown.

Due to this fact, people have been trying to understand it on their own, which only proves that appropriate explanation is highly important, as well as learning how to choose information wisely. Therefore, while many things were linked to autism like plastic, sugar, GMO and etc., only vaccines have been highlighted with no scientific proof behind it.

In fact, over a dozen peer-reviewed papers have found no correlation between autism and vaccines. However, the anti-vaccination movement has been strongly influenced by misinterpreting modern science’s achievements and is putting children in serious danger.

Haemophilus influenza type B can cause brain damage, hearing impairment or even death and diphtheria can lead to heart failure, paralysis. These are only two examples of diseases, which can be prevented by vaccines. Our modern society does not even know about these illnesses and the serious damage that they can do to the body.

That leads to parents trying prevent autism, instead of serious and lethal diseases only because the information they are following is not accurate. Since 1994 measles has been that rare, that they are ever considered unheard of, therefore they are not considered as a threat.

Thus, modern society simply forgot what major success vaccines actually are. In conclusion, many lethal diseases are no longer endangering children and adults, and it may seem as an accomplishment for humanity, however, this unreasonable threat of autism is causing parents to doubt the effectiveness of vaccines.

About the author

This article is written by a first-year Vilnius University medicine student Agnė Lozovskytė from Lithuania. Ms. Lozovskytė is affiliated to Lithuanian Medical Students’ Association. She is interested in childhood illnesses and their causes, genetic diseases and medical research. She has volunteered in kindergartens, animal shelters, VULSK hospital and engages in writing articles on said topics as a representative of Public Relations and Communication team.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

European Confederation of Junior Enterprises hosts in Geneva the Junior Enterprise World Conference

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence

“We need to use the momentum globally to ensure that corporations pay their fare share of taxation”, EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis outlines from the World Economic Forum 2017.

EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

New rules for audiovisual media services approved by Parliament

We must stop a devastating ‘battle to the end’ in southwest Syria, declares UN envoy

The financial crisis always prefers the south of Eurozone

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

Global health challenges require global medical students

Libya: UN mobilized to support thousands uprooted by Tripoli clashes, renews call for humanitarian truce

What our leaders hide from us

Agreement reached on new EU measures to prevent electricity blackouts

Is Europe ready to cooperate with the rest of the world? Can Germany change its selfish policies?

Eurasian Union begins: the giant modelled on the EU is Moscow’s biggest challenge

Eurozone hasn’t escaped the deflation danger

Sudan: ‘Exercise utmost restraint’ urges Guterres as thousands march in Khartoum, sparking deadly clashes

Boosting adult learning essential to help people adapt to future of work

Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food security

The Bavarians threaten Berlin and Brussels with immigration crisis

UN condemns Syrian ‘war on children’ as up to 30 reportedly killed in clashes

‘Shared responsibility’ to stop 420,000 needless deaths from tainted food each year, UN, world leaders warn

Amsterdam is developing a fleet of autonomous boats to reduce city traffic

The European Sting’s 2018 in most critical review

Currency Union might not let an independent Scotland join the EU as the “Yes” front now leads

A skills gap is jeopardizing efforts to end energy poverty

Bigotry ‘moving at lightning speed’ Guterres warns, as UN marks the Holocaust

China Unlimited Special Report: at the heart of Beijing

Rich economies not a promise of education equality, new report finds

Paris, Washington, IMF against Berlin and ECB on money and interest

Cash-strapped cities must look to private partners

An expert in the South China Sea issue on an exclusive interview at the European Sting

Euro-Mediterranean Assembly fixes its permanent seat in Rome

The Parliament paves the way for the creation of the European Banking Union

Europe moulds global defense and security chart given US new inward vision

Mexico cannot move forward ‘without addressing the shadows of the past’, says UN rights chief

Fisherwomen of Lake Chad show optimism in face of multiple challenges

DR Congo: Ebola response resumes despite ‘risky environment’

All talk but no action against fraudulent bankers

Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing

Commission supports normalisation in Greece through activation of post-programme framework

Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade – UN trade and development report

Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest-growing economy

Technophobe or technophile? We need more conversation about digital transformation

Parliament sets conditions on EU-China investment deal

Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner in charge of Justice

The New EU-US “Shield” for data privacy is full of holes

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

We are close yet so far…

These are the world’s best countries to retire in, as of 2019

The link between migration and technology is not what you think

Towards a seamless internal EU market for industrial goods

5 ways for business leaders to win in the 2020s

UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis

At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016, first UN global study shows

UN political chief calls for dialogue to ease tensions in Venezuela; Security Council divided over path to end crisis

On Human Rights Day European Youth Forum calls for end to discrimination of young people

Utmost hypocrisy emitted by EU’s energy regulation

Draghi drafts a plan to donate more money to bankers, the era of ‘money for nothin’ is flourishing

Why the world is not as globalized as you think

Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s