According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination prevents 3.5-5 million deaths every year from various diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles. In the U.S. it is mandatory to demonstrate the effectiveness and favorable safety profile of vaccines and it is a must that authorized vaccines are manufactured with high quality. There are several surveillance systems established to continuously monitor the safety of vaccines.
Despite the caution and supervision taken in the development of vaccines and their strong and compelling benefits towards saving individual lives and enhancing the population’s health outcomes, an increasing number of U.S. citizens are rejecting the idea of taking vaccines due to several reasons, ranging from safety precautions to religious beliefs.
Smallpox and polio have been completely eradicated due to the effectiveness and defense mechanisms developed in the human body by the various vaccines, but this can be dangerous, as people no longer see these highly infectious diseases as a threat to their health and take the vaccination procedures very lightly.
A piece of open comprehensible evidence-based knowledge and education regarding the validity, the risks, and the weaknesses of vaccines need to be provided to the people to make them understand the importance of these procedures and consider them as a boon, regarding those living in the low-income areas of the world and dying everyday due to the lack of these vaccination procedures.
Also, people need to be aware of the misinformation easily accessible on the internet and self-treatment themselves aggravating their medicinal conditions and taking respiratory syncytial virus disease (RSV), influenza, and Covid-19 vaccines seriously as vaccination reports against respiratory pathogens continue to be critically low and a serious issue regarding older individuals.
Vaccines turned out to be a blessing during the COVID-19 pandemic, saving millions of people against the strain of the SARS-CoV-2 variant and reducing the number of deaths across the globe. Those who got vaccinated were marked very less on the margin of dying than those who weren’t vaccinated even as in the case of younger generations.
As the question of the acceptance of the vaccines grows, so do the serious illness, subsequent hospitalization, and frequent deaths. The only way to combat a situation like this is to take it as an opportunity to guide people and open their eyes to the medicinal world with scientific, easy evidence-based raw information on the matters of vaccination procedures, their procedures, and their success rates to prevent any fatal disease and provide immunity against various pediatric infectious diseases and dodge off various pathogens like Covid-19, influenza and others. This will also enable the people to make their own sensible choices regarding vaccines taking all grounds of risks and profits in their mind and shrug the moral burden off the health care systems.