“Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them.”

I really enjoyed this article by a Nurse Practitioner who was raised in an anti-vaccination environment and could not find evidence that vaccines are as dangerous as they are made out to be when she wanted to write her anti-vaccination thesis. I hope she brought more education and safety to her community. I wish I could turn back the hands of time and stop the members of my profession from falsifying their research and fooling otherwise intelligent and caring people into believing that vaccines are dangerous. I believe that vaccinations prevent needless suffering and death from preventable diseases. I feel very strongly that we who are strong enough to receive vaccines should get them as a civic duty to protect the vulnerable people around us who cannot receive these vaccines. If the diseases come back because of low vaccination rates, neither myself or any other health care provider is going to say “I told you so” to the people that didn’t vaccinate and allowed the diseases to return, because we will be too busy caring for the vulnerable people who will die first. We in the United States have not had to worry about those pesky preventable diseases in awhile, so it’s out of sight, out of mind. If we had been raised in a land rampant with preventable disease, watching our family and friends falling ill left and right, we might not feel so privileged to dismiss vaccines.