Many parents ask, are vaccines safe for my child? I am one of those parents but the more research that I have done, has put wondering thoughts to rest. Many parents believe that vaccinations are linked to the causes of autism, multiple sclerosis, asthma and many other health problems. Although many parents have legitimate reasoning to not have their children receive vaccines, there are more pros than cons to receiving the vaccines. In rare cases children have became sick after immunizations, some life threatening.
Disease prevention is important to public health because it protects both those who receive them and those with whom they come in contact with. There is a minority of parents who are against vaccinations because of the idea that it causes more harm than good. They fear that vaccinations will cause serious and permanent damage in the natural immune system. They also believe that their child’s immune system is never allowed to grow if they become too dependent on the medicine. The Family Doctor website has an article called, Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them that affirms, “Vaccines are generally quite safe.
Are vaccines necessary ? Vaccines were created in 1798; now, there are numerous vaccines that protect us against diseases. Yet, a growing number of parents are deciding to not vaccinate their children for various reasons, such as Autism. As a result, immensely transmittable diseases are becoming more likely to spread; this causes everyone to become the victim. Although some say that vaccines can cause autism, parents need to vaccinate their children, because immunizations save lives, the vaccine-preventable diseases are highly dangerous, and vaccines are safe and reliable to use.
Although sitting there through your child’s vaccination meltdown can be just as painful for you as it is them and the fear of these routine vaccines doing more harm than good, choosing to vaccinate children has led to 93% to 100% elimination of many childhood diseases in the U.S. (Vaccines.gov). Today we protect children and teenagers from around 16 diseases that can have a horrible effect on these children without them being vaccinated against them. If parents choose to skip these vaccinations, they put their child at greater risk for a potentially life-threatening disease. Immunization schedules are meant to protect vulnerable patients from disease. If you choose to wait to give the vaccine, you might miss the window when the child is most vulnerable for catching the disease.
Everything helps and hinders something. “Parents who refuse to vaccinate often fear rare side effects of vaccines.” (Cbsnews.com, 2017) Most people know that when you get a shot there might be some redness or pain. That’s not uncommon. However, these parents are worried about extremely rare side effects such as allergic reactions. A good example is this.
There are many different diseases that can be prevented by vaccines during childhood. Parents are putting their children in serious risk of harm by ignoring these vaccines, and that is child neglect. According to the Vaccine Resistance Movement website, as long our child have clean water, sanitation methods, and an organic diet, there will not be any childhood disease. While these issues certainly have an effect on disease, they are not the only cause for them. This group also claims that vaccines do not, and never will, prevent disease.
However, having children vaccinated is vital to the environment and eliminate the numbers of death that is sweeping across our nation. Although, there are many laws in place governing vaccinations for school age children in the United States. Many of these law often restrict girls from becoming vaccinating. Issues ranging from religion, medical, and lack of interest. One law is religion based upon a parent faith, the child may be exempt from receiving the vaccine.
Other children are too young to be vaccinated. Health professionals rely on the vaccinated children to keep the non-vaccinated children safe. However, when we have parents in our society who chose not to vaccinate we are putting innocent people who have weak immune systems or are too young at risk. On January 5th, 2015, California health professionals were alerted to a case of potential measles. The patient was an unvaccinated eleven year old.
After watching The Vaccine War, the main concerns of vaccines are public safety, the aftermath of injecting harmful chemicals into ones’ body and the parents that choose not to vaccinate their children. In the beginning of the documentary, a mother, Jennifer Margulis, states she felt like it was not needed for her newborn child to be vaccinated for a sexual transmitted disease. She feels like the ingredients are scary for a young child to take in with an immature immune system. The other issue is a massive outbreak of disease that could have been prevented. The Center of Disease Control is carefully watching the town that Ms. Margulis lives, Ashland, Oregon, because it’s the least vaccinated places in America due to parents opting out of vaccines.
The issue of mandatory vaccines has become a more prevalent issue in our local society. According to the US National Library of Medicine, some people will refuse to get vaccines due to race, religion, other health problems, or other beliefs on this topic (Hendrix et al.). Although there should be some exceptions allowed for certain circumstances, vaccines are what keep the community safe and healthy for future generations (Repetition). Vaccines are one of the most important protectors a parent can use for their children because they protect the community from future health problems (Repetition); therefore, vaccines should be made mandatory. First, vaccines are a large aspect of a child’s health care.