I chose the topic of “Vaccination” because I remember before I came to the Philippines, I had to get a lot of vaccination done, almost 3 different shots each week. I know that I had vaccines against tetanus, dengue, rabies, chickenpox, and other diseases. Even though the experience of getting injections were not pleasant, I’ve realized that the safety and security that they provide are important. I remember watching a documentary about a girl, who got bitten by a mad dog that was infected with rabies. The doctor who was interviewed said she had a very low chance of surviving only because she didn’t get the vaccine for rabies. This documentary always remind me that vaccination is very important and can save lives. I am aware that there are many teenagers who are suffering from deadly diseases all over the world that could have been avoided if they were provided with necessary vaccines when they were young. Vaccines are available and easy to administer that all growing children can be vaccinated to be safe.
The first vaccine was created in 1796 to prevent smallpox, which was at that time, one of the most deadly disease. It was epidemic in some parts of the world. The discovery of the smallpox vaccine eradicated the disease completely and saved thousands of lives. There are different variety of vaccines for different age group and different diseases. With the use of vaccines, it was proven that the people who got vaccinated are less likely to be infected or show symptoms of infection of illnesses. In the Philippines, there are at least 10 recommended vaccination such as Tuberculosis,Tetanus,Rabies, and Malaria. For children and teenagers aged 7 to 18 years old, the table below shows the 2016 recommended vaccination by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I learned through my research that vaccinations need to be a priority. We are lucky that all these important preventions are available and accessible. However, in some parts of the world like in Ethiopia where many people are so poor, they do not have vaccines available because of the cost. Some vaccines are not cheap. One of the solutions is for charitable organizations to donate vaccines. Another example is for rich countries to help poorer ones. The WHO( World Health Organization) set goals to eradicate epidemic diseases and the whole world should work together on those goals.
One of the required vaccination, which is flu vaccine, is being provided by our clinic at ISM every year. This shows that our school commits for the safety of the students. Although many students have negative perception about vaccines, or some do not think they are important, One of the most concerning health risk nowadays is Dengue. The Philippines is one of the countries with high rates of Dengue in the past 5 years. However, the good news is that dengue vaccine was accepted this year by the WHO.Our clinic made dengue vaccine available to all students. Although it is optional, I think that everyone should get the Dengue vaccine. I think if we all get vaccinations then maybe someday, Dengue diseases may disappear.
This graph shows what vaccines are recommended for us (children 7-18 years old) This picture relate to this topic because we can prevent diseases if we get the right vaccine for our age.