please read and respond to a following colleges post what do you agree/like with and what could they possibly add to make it a better post please use a scientific source no .com To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is an extremely relevant debate, given the state of our world amidst this pandemic. There is currently a race to develop a COVID vaccine but once one is approved, who will actually get it? My thoughts are that vaccines are extremely helpful and powerful medical tools to help combat certain diseases. In fact, they can even eradicate some diseases altogether, like smallpox. However, as with most modern medicine, there are some negative side effects that they carry with them. The most common side effects tend to be very mild like pain or swelling at the injection site. In my opinion, the good that vaccines can provide outweighs the bad. Vaccines make it possible to protect children from 14 diseases by age two (CDC). Some parents argue that it isnt necessary to vaccinate their children from mild diseases. However, while chickenpox may seem like a mild disease, before the vaccine was available, about 50 children died every year from [it], and about 1 in 500 children who got chickenpox was hospitalized (CDC). Some parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children because they believe that theres a link to autism. However, numerous studies have shown that this is not the case. In particular, people fear that an ingredient in vaccines called thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of vaccine vials, has a direct link to autism. Since 2003 there have been 9 CDC studies showing that there is no link between this ingredient and autism spectrum disorders (CDC). Although there is no proven link, thimerosal has been removed or reduced to trace amounts in childhood vaccines. It is currently only used in flu vaccines that are stored in multidose vials. One reason why many people believe in this myth is because early signs of autism and other developmental diseases first start appearing as a child is receiving most of their vaccinations (around 12 to 18-months). Many parents cling to the idea that since the vaccine precedes the event, the vaccine causes disease so its more comforting than the idea that their child had autism all along (Davidson, 2017). Overall, vaccines are an extremely valuable medical advancement that we would be remiss to doubt or overlook.