Vaccines have been a great life saver. It’s been around from the time Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 that we could prevent smallpox in humans through vaccination. The number of disease cases starts to drop when a vaccine is launched. Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Smallpox has been eradicated from many countries through vaccination. Vaccines definitely are the most effective tool we have to prevent infectious diseases.
But then, vaccine production is a big industry in itself. 80% of global vaccine sales come from five large multi-national corporations. The global vaccines market is expected to reach USD 48.03 Billion by 2021 according to MarketsandMarkets. Newer and newer vaccines are coming into the market every year. There are at least 30 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines. The number of shots a baby has to take has increased over the years. New optional vaccines have also entered the Indian market. If we go for all the shots it will add up to 49 doses of 14 vaccines.
The question we need to ask ourselves is do we need all of it, what will happen if we opt out of some, are all vaccines safe, do we know enough about them or we just go by what doctors say, are we aware of anti-vaccination activists.
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