The human body naturally develops antibodies against diseases as well as viruses. The body then uses these antibodies to fight off future infections. As the first wave of widespread vaccines for several common childhood diseases such as diphtheria and measles were introduced in the US, outbreaks of many common childhood ailments including whooping cough and measles have also decreased dramatically.
However, some vaccines do not work very well. Sometimes, the body is able to make antibodies, but the vaccines cannot penetrate the skin. In other cases, the immune system is simply too weak to produce strong antibodies. In either case, a vaccine might only provide temporary protection against disease. It might not even be sufficient to prevent the onset of an illness.
The second reason some vaccinations fail is that they are administered on an irregular basis. It takes a minimum of two weeks after the onset of a fever or rash for the body to be able to develop sufficient antibodies to fight off the infection. A vaccine might be given one week before an outbreak and then left there, and when it stops working, the body may need to get another dose. This can lead to a cycle of repeating vaccination that does little to stop the onset of an outbreak and, therefore, no real benefit.
The third reason some vaccinations fail to prevent disease is that their effectiveness is dependent upon how well a person’s immunity is able to fight off the underlying disease. In many cases, this means the vaccination fails to provide complete protection against a disease. In other cases, the disease is simply so difficult to fight off that the vaccination simply has no effect. In either case, the vaccination does nothing to stop an outbreak or provide total protection from the disease.
This is not a very practical or cost-effective way to use vaccines. Even if every person in a population received a vaccine and every outbreak stopped instantly, the government would be spending millions of dollars on these medications each year. It is far more efficient and effective to invest those funds in educating the public and stopping the spread of the disease rather than treating and removing people infected with it.
A far more cost-effective way to prevent outbreaks and keep disease from spreading is through better nutrition. and clean water supplies. People need to be able to drink enough water and eat enough healthy food to avoid getting sick and to begin with. They also need to be encouraged to drink and eat foods containing Vitamin A.
The health care providers that provide care to those who cannot afford expensive medical care often refuse to provide adequate treatment when there is a high percentage of the population who is uninsured. If people cannot pay for their health insurance, they will suffer because they will go untreated and may pass on the infection. Those that can afford health insurance often wait to seek treatment until they are sick, thus allowing them to contract the illness. Without health insurance, they are at greater risk.
The costs associated with medical treatments and hospital stays are far too great. If a health insurance company pays for the treatment and stays in hospital, the insurance company makes a profit on the treatment and hospitalization costs of patients. If people who are uninsured receive treatment, they do not make a profit. The bottom line is that health care providers need to be encouraging people to stay healthy.
One solution is for people to receive vaccinations and then pay for the services that they receive from their health care providers. For example, if you receive an immunization, you will receive the medicine, you will pay for it, you will receive services such as medical attention and even prescription drugs, and you will receive the service of a nurse who will take care of any problems that arise during treatment. This is certainly a more cost-efficient option than paying for a hospital stay.
Another option is to use an insurance program, such as a private or federal group or an affordable health care plan to help pay for the vaccinations and services that you need. These programs are often known as health maintenance organizations.
To be sure, you should never rely solely upon the price of your health maintenance organization to pay for your vaccinations. As you know, they have other fees to pay for such as monthly premiums. In most cases, the costs associated with paying for health maintenance plans is less than what it would cost for having to go to the doctor and get a new vaccination. Remember that vaccinations and health maintenance plan cost money.