“You are usually vaccinated as a child and adults get boosters. You need to be re-immunized. You should get vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease and stay healthy,” Respiratory Therapy instructor Mrs. Vicki Smith said.
Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive, as they cost $10 billion in direct and indirect healthcare costs. By receiving the vaccines, people are essentially saving money. By getting vaccinated, there is an increase in the chance of staying healthy, which in turn, keeps one in school and work.
“I think that you should get vaccinated so that you can stay in school and save money. Education is important, and I don’t want to miss any of it,” junior Giacomo Ercole said.
However, as helpful and important vaccines are, they are not perfect. One who is not vaccinated can still be immune to the disease. Some people who do not approve of vaccines believe in natural immunity, where a person is exposed to the virus in order to build up an immunity to the disease. By being exposed to the disease, the immune system triggers a response to fight off the disease, which causes immunological memory, where your immune system remembers the disease and how to fight it off.
“I think it’s cool that your body is able to build up an immunity on its own,” freshman Alyssa Ross said.
“Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your infants and children from potentially harmful diseases. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness,” Iser said.
“Vaccines have a very good safety record. Decisions to forgo or delay immunizations can lead to unhealthy outcomes, not just for the individual child, but for an entire community if these decisions result in outbreaks,” Iser said.
At the end of the day, the choice of whether you should or should not be vaccinated comes down to you and your parents. The measles outbreak will hopefully soon be over, so try to stay healthy in whichever way you choose.